What is the Difference Between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?
The objectives and philosophy behind the use of modern dry needling by Physiotherapists is based on Western Neuroanatomy and the scientific study of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. It is not based on traditional Chinese medicine.
With dry needling, needles are inserted into specific trigger points around the injured or painful area. Needles are left in for a very short period of time and are generally part of an overall treatment plan.
With acupuncture, needles are inserted into points along meridian lines. These lines represent the body’s organs, based on ancient Chinese medicine with the principal of restoring the proper flow of energy throughout the body. Acupuncture needles are usually left in place for 15 to 30 minutes. It is most often used to treat internal ailments, including digestive problems, insomnia, stress and chronic pain. Acupuncture is generally performed as a standalone treatment.