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.

2. Dry needling involves inserting a very thin needle into irritated muscle groups known as trigger points. Acupuncture also involves inserting thin needles into pained areas of the body, but they are placed along areas known as meridian lines which represent organ systems in the body.
3. Dry needling is used in physical therapy as a component of larger treatment programs to help address muscle and joint pain. Acupuncture is more frequently used to address internal issues such as fertility, digestive problems, stress, and insomnia.

To learn more about dry needling, including what role it could play in your physical therapy treatment program, contact the specialists at Sovereign Rehabilitation today.

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