Dry Needling & Acupuncture

At Balance 360 Health, our physiotherapists are skilled and dedicated to ensuring your well-being.

Dry Needling & Acupuncture

At Balance 360 Health, our physiotherapists are skilled and dedicated to ensuring your well-being.

What is Acupuncture? 

In physiotherapy, acupuncture is used as a complimentary treatment method. It involves inserting sterile fine needles, at a shallow depth, into specific body points. This technique is usually pain free, helps to alleviate pain, promote healing and enhance physical function and performance. Typically, multiple needles are inserted at one time at different locations of the body. This technique can be enhanced with electrical stimulation. Acupuncture, used in conjunction with other physiotherapy treatment services, can result in better outcomes.  
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Commonly Asked Acupuncture Questions 

What conditions can acupuncture help with? 

  • Musculoskeletal pain (neck, shoulder, back, knee) 
  • Chronic pain 
  • Osteoarthritis 
  • Nerve pain  
  • Headaches  
  • Post operative pain 
  • Conditions that are slow to heal  
  • Tendinopathies  

Is acupuncture painful?

 Needles are small in diameter and are inserted only a small amount into the tissue, this allows for it to be a relatively painless procedure. Some patients will describe a warm or tingling sensation at the insertion site.  

Is acupuncture covered by my insurance plan?

Our physiotherapists are certified in acupuncture within the scope of physiotherapy. Therefore, acupuncture is billed under physiotherapy services and is covered as such with most insurance plans. 

What are the risks associate with acupuncture?  

While acupuncture is generally safe when performed by a trained professional, there can be potential side effects and risks, including: Soreness, pain tenderness or bruising at needle site. Minor bleeding from insertion site. Rare complication such as infection or unintended tissue puncture such as pneumothorax. 
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What is Dry Needling?

In physiotherapy, dry needling involves sterile fine needles into trigger points or tight muscles in the body. This technique helps to relieve pain and reduce muscle tension and increase mobility. This technique can be enhanced with the use of electrical stimulation. Dry needling can be used with other physiotherapy treatment services can result in better outcomes.  
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Commonly Asked Dry Needling Questions

What conditions are treated with dry needling?

  • Musculoskeletal pain 
  • Sports injury 
  • Neck, Back, Shoulder, Knee injuries 
  • Muscle tension 
  • Muscle strain 
  • Muscle stiffness  
  • Joint pain  
  • Temporomandibular Disorder  
  • Osteoarthritis 

Is dry needling painful?

Dry Needling used sterile small diameter needles, while dry needling can cause some discomfort it is typically not excessively painful. Patients experience a muscle twitch or cramping sensation.   

Is dry needling covered by my insurance plan?

Our physiotherapists are certified in dry needling within the scope of physiotherapy. Therefore, dry needling is billed under physiotherapy services and is covered as such with most insurance plans. 

What are the safety concerns associated with dry needling?

While acupuncture is generally safe when performed by a trained professional, there can be potential side effects including soreness, pain tenderness or bruising at needle site. Minor bleeding from insertion site. Rare complication such as infection or unintended tissue puncture such as pneumothorax. 

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Why Choose Balance 360 Health?

  • Highly trained and certified in dry needling techniques for skilled and reliable therapy.
  • Tailors dry needling sessions to your unique needs through thorough assessments.
  • Adheres to strict safety measures, ensuring a hygienic environment and sterile needle usage.
  • Integrates dry needling into a comprehensive treatment plan for overall well-being.

The Balance 360 Health experience

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One on one treatment sessions. No assistants.
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Private and sanitized treatment rooms
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Well equipped clinical gym space and innovative technology
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Team communication  physician, insurers and other health care providers
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Outstanding customer service

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Featured Resources

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Canadian Physiotherapy Association

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Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association

"As a provincial branch of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), the Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association (NSPA) serves as the voice and advocate for physiotherapists, physiotherapy residents, physiotherapy assistants, and PT/PTA students all across Nova Scotia. We are a dynamic healthcare professional organization with over 750 members."

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Pain Hero

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