Without a little bit of research, Acupuncture and Dry Needling may look very similar to the untrained eye.
Both techniques traditionally use sterile needles (although non-needle acupuncture does exist).
Both techniques have roots in the wellness community as a natural alternative to everyday medicine.
And both techniques are used to facilitate recovery and provide therapeutic relief.
However, the two techniques differ in application, and also take on different philosophies and approaches.
Acupuncture involves stimulating endorphins in your body to enhance or replenish its natural state of flow or balance – thereby reducing or eliminating various conditions and illnesses. A staple in alternative medicine, acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and possesses a loyal following.
Dry-needling is a more recent method that works by directly inserting needles into pressure points, knots, or “trigger-points“. Dry-needling is part of an IMS (intramuscular stimulation) system of treatment that works by stimulating the nerves in the needle insertion area, it is said to relieve, activate, and heal overworked or strained areas of your body.
Although dry-needling draws inspiration from acupuncture, it has been around only for a few decades, and possesses less information on its efficacy.
Which one should you choose?
While we do love that you have options when it comes to your health – we believe the decision should be made after knowing more details of the two health techniques.
Acupuncture is shown to provide gentle, quick, and sustainable relief to ailments including the healing and regression of symptoms associated with chronic pain, digestive functioning, insomnia, fertility, and depression among many others.
Traditionally, acupuncture works by inserting thin, sterile and painless needles into your skin, and inducing endorphin flow that heals affected areas of your body.
Although more philosophical in its approach, Acupuncture has been a staple of traditional chinese medicine for thousands of years and continues to rise in popularity as a natural and holistic form of medicine, as well as an add-on to a natural and wellness based life.
Among its other varied and wide areas of relief is also Acupuncture’s ability to reduce chronic pain, muscle pain, joint pain, and many of the same issues dry-needling relieves.
Dry needling is a more recent intervention into the alternative medicine world and is used to treat pain, discomfort, injury, and also to aid in recovery.
It is based on the stimulation of myofascial “trigger points”, which are irritable spots in your musculoskeletal system. You may know these irritations as “knots” or other forms of muscle discomfort.
Dry-needling takes a more direct approach by inserting needles into trigger points or trouble spots in your muscle system.
This stimulation is said to provide relief for strained, tightened, or injured parts of your body. Despite commonalities with acupuncture, dry-needling is mainly used as a muscle pain relief mechanism.
Dry-needling is a more recent intervention into the wellness world, and its efficacy has been limited to a very small subset of time with smaller amounts of research associated with its claims.
Unlike acupuncture, dry-needling lacks a regulatory system for its practitioners, and is mainly administrated by sports therapists or physical therapists.
However, despite its short amount of time in the wellness world, it is often used as a means for healing muscular injuries and relieving pain.
All wellness things considered…
All things considered – we do appreciate the fact that you have multiple options when considering your health.
However, Acupuncture remains the longer-standing, more researched, and holistic approach for many conditions.
With thousands of years of history, thousands of patients, and with current practitioners spanning decades of experience, you may find yourself swaying towards Acupuncture as your chosen traditional and holistic form of medicine. 🙂