Dry Needling vs. Acupuncture – 3 Differences

SovereignLogoFigureWhen speaking to a specialist or physical therapist about treatment options for your pain, they may suggest something call dry needling.

It can sound intimidating, but is actually a common part of many physical therapy programs. Dry needling can also sound familiar to another type of needling procedure known as acupuncture. But these are not the same type of treatment.

1. Dry needling is a newer treatment procedure and one based on musculoskeletal science and Western neuroanatomy science. Acupuncture is based on Chinese and Eastern philosophies such as Chi, and is considered a form of traditional Chinese medicine.
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Dry Needling

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Dry Needling Treatments in Atlanta GAThere are a variety of musculoskeletal problems that can be treated with various methods. Headaches, hip and knee pain, fibromyalgia, tennis and golf elbow, neck and back pain, sciatica, tendinitis and other issues can all be treated by licensed physical therapists. At Sovereign Rehabilitation, our licensed physical therapists offer different methods for treating pain. One of our treatment options is called Dry Needling, and many patients have found the pain relief that they are looking for from this simple technique.

Dry Needling involves the insertion of a thin filament needle to stimulate the healing process of soft tissues and trigger points that result in pain relief and restoration of healthy physiology. A trigger point is a hyperirritable point in skeletal muscle that is associated with a hypersensitive palpable nodule. There are many medical studies that support the effectiveness of dry needling for improving pain control, reducing muscle tension, normalizing biochemical and electrical dysfunction of motor endplates, and facilitating an accelerated return to active rehabilitation. Most people report that they do not feel the insertion of the needle.
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