Dry needling and acupuncture are often confused for one another, but there are several key differences between the two.
Dry needling is a relatively new treatment that uses thin needles to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying muscles.
Acupuncture is a more traditional therapy that uses thin needles to stimulate specific points on the body. Both therapies have been shown to be effective in treating a variety of conditions.
What is dry needling and how does it work?
Dry needling is a new treatment. The needles are inserted into the muscle in an attempt to decrease muscle tension and pain. Dry needling is most often used to treat musculoskeletal conditions, such as neck pain, back pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
What is acupuncture and how does it work?
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese therapy that uses thin needles to stimulate specific points on the body. According to traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture can treat a variety of conditions by restoring the balance of energy in the body.
There is some scientific evidence that acupuncture can be effective in treating certain conditions, such as pain and nausea. Acupuncture also seems to affect the brain’s release of neurotransmitters, which can help to regulate mood and emotions.
What treatment is best for you?
There are a variety of acupuncture treatments available, so it is important to find the right one for you. Some of the most common treatments include:
• Traditional acupuncture: This type of acupuncture uses thin needles to stimulate specific points on the body.
• Electroacupuncture: This type of acupuncture uses electrical stimulation along with needles.
• Moxibustion: This therapy uses heat from burning mugwort to stimulate acupuncture points.
• Acupressure: This therapy uses pressure instead of needles to stimulate acupuncture points.
Most people find that traditional acupuncture is the best treatment for them. However, you may need to try a few different types of acupuncture before you find the one that works best for you.
Whatever floats your boat!