Dry Needling vs. Acupuncture what's the difference?
You may have seen or heard of dry needling or acupuncture before. Those who have had it would know
that it isn’t as scary or painful as it might look. Both dry needling and acupuncture use small sterile
needles which are positioned into specific points on your body to help relieve pain.
We often get asked: “what is the difference between acupuncture and dry needling?” the answer to this
is “the philosophy”.
Dry needling involves inserting needles into or near trigger points in muscles, tendons and fascia
(connective tissue). Trigger points are sensitive areas of taught or hyper contracted tissue, which when
released with needles help relieve pain and tension. Dry needling can be used to treat many kinds of
pain and injuries to most parts of the body including: the back, neck, shoulder, arm, hip, knee, and
Acupuncture on the other hand is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine; it uses needles inserted into
meridian points on the body to help align flow of energy also referred to as Qi (Chi). The idea behind
acupuncture is that correcting the flow of Qi will improve the function of specific organs and tissues to
help relieve symptoms and pain.
Interestingly, studies comparing dry needling and acupuncture have found that therapists from both
disciplines needle points which are very similar on the body. So essentially, both disciplines insert
needles into similar areas of the body to relieve pain (and other symptoms in the case of acupuncture)
for different reasons.
At Physio Room, we specialize in using dry needling as a part of our multifaceted treatment approach. It
is one of our therapists many tools they can use to get you pain free and back to enjoying life to the
fullest. If you are interested in dry needling or have any aches or pains that need attention book in with
one of our friendly physiotherapists either online through the booking link or call 8065 1970.
Physio Room Pymble