Depending on who you talk to, Acupuncture and Dry Needling can be used interchangeably. To the average person getting treated for a given condition, they may not notice the difference. Both principles use needles in a similar fashion and have benefits.
Dry needling uses acupuncture techniques to specifically target musculoskeletal complaints. Needles are inserted directly into muscle bellies, tendons, or dysfunctional tissue. Dry Needling disrupts the neurological pathways that cause people to sense pain.
Traditional Acupuncture uses the same needles to affect the body’s Meridians as taught in Chinese Medicine guides to the healing response. Traditional Acupuncture often treats a wider array of conditions such as allergies, rhinitis, fertility, immunity, and hay fever.