What is the difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?
The major difference between dry needling and acupuncture is that dry needling is based in Western medicine whereas acupuncture is based in Chinese medicine. Dry needling involves inserting fine acupuncture needles into trigger points within muscles which allow the muscles to release. Acupuncture works on energetic meridians in the body that can help to improve energy flow and help a multitude of conditions.
Dry needling is a very effective treatment for musculo-skeletal pain and injury. It is great for chronic pain (pain that has been there for a long time). It works by releasing trigger points in muscles which can then take pressure of joints. Dry needling brings nutrients through blood flow to areas of soft tissue that have restricted blood flow. By increasing this blood flow muscle tissue gets the nutrients it needs to heal and let go.
Dry needling is most effective when used in conjunction with soft tissue work and stretching. We always integrate massage and stretching with our dry needling and that is what makes us different.
All practitioners at Muscle Therapy Australia are great at helping you using Dry Needling.