In the video Eddy (our Orthotics Consultant and Senior Massage Therapist) answers the very common question – Is Dry Needling the Same as Acupuncture?
The short answer is no.
However there are some interesting similarities. Firstly, the needles used are identical – we tend to use 25mm x .25mm or 40mm x .25mm. Secondly, some of the most common needle insertion points are the same!
This is where the similarities end. In traditional acupuncture the acupuncturist works with an energy that flows around the body called Qi (pronounced “chee“). It is believed that disruption in this energy leads to poor health, so the needles are placed through meridian lines in the body to help the flow of Qi.
Dry Needling does not follow this same belief system. Dry needling places needles into areas of tight muscle called “trigger points”. The reason for this is to stimulate the body’s natural healing response; which restores function of the muscle and therefore reduces pain.
Typically needles would be inserted in tight muscles for anywhere between 5-15 minutes, depending on the chronicity of the problem (how long the problem has been going on for).
We have seen dry needling be successful in treating back pain, neck pain, knee pain, shoulder pain and even headaches and migraines stemming from tight neck muscles.
Ask us about adding dry needling to your next session!
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