Acupuncture has its origins in ancient Chinese Medicine and involves placing needles at certain points, mostly found along meridian lines. These lines represent organs of the body and mechanism of treatment is based on the concept of balancing the energy force within the body. It can be used for chronic pain as well as underlying systemic issues.
Dry needling is a safe and effective technique for the treatment of muscular pain and myofascial dysfunction. It is a newer technique and is effective to rid muscles of trigger points (tight painful knots) which are believed to cause dysfunction and pain
What is the difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?
The objectives and philosophy behind the use of dry needling by physical therapists is not based on ancient theories or tenets of traditional Chinese medicine. The performance of modern dry needling by physical therapists is based on western neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.
Both Dry Needling and Acupuncture do, however, use the same tool; a solid needle filament.
Does it hurt?
Generally, the insertion of the needle is not felt. The local “twitch response” may provoke a brief pain sensation that has been described as a tingling, aching or cramping sensation.
Who can benefit from Dry Needling?
A variety of musculoskeletal problems including, but not limited to: Acute/Chronic injuries, Headaches, Neck/Back pain, Tendinitis, Muscle Spasms, “Sciatica”, Hip/Knee pain, Muscle strains, Fibromyalgia, “Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow”, PFPS,Overuse injuries, etc