Is dry needling the same acupuncture?? No, dry needling is not the same, however there are some similarities between the two.
The traditional Chinese medicine technique of acupuncture is based around the theory that an imbalance between the complementary extremes of “yin” and “yang” causes disruption to patterns of energy flow known as “Qi”, resulting in illness. Acupuncture is a holistic medicine, which works by restoring the flow of energy (Qi) by inserting needles into meridians (pathways) in the body. Acupuncture may be used to treat and wide range of conditions including muscle pains, addictions, headaches, nausea, stress, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, and asthma.
Dry needling is used to treat a localised focal point in the muscle known as a trigger point. Trigger points or “knots” in the muscle can be very painful and inhibit function. A needle is inserted directly into the trigger point which elicits a small twitch response, or contraction, of the muscle fibres in the taut band of muscle. This ultimately results in a reduction of pain from the trigger point and improvement in movement or function. Dry needling may be used for a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries including lower back pain, neck pain, knee injuries, tennis elbow, sciatic pain, osteoarthritis and many more! If you’re suffering from a musculoskeletal injury or pain, give us a call today to find out whether dry needling can help relieve your pain!