Using Dry needling for pain and why is different from acupuncture

What is Dry Needling and  how is it different from acupuncture?

Dry needling is a technique that treats the neuromusculoskeletal systems and is based on pain patterns, muscular dysfunction, and other orthopedic signs and symptoms. Acupuncture is a technique for balancing Flow of Energy or Life Force known as Chi, believed to flow through meridians or pathways in the body. Dry Needling does not follow this Acupuncture philosophy but rather, is based on modern science, neurophysiology, and anatomy. The only real similarity is that both techniques use a thin, monofilament needle.

In Dry Needling, the needle penetrates the skin to stimulate reactive myofacial trigger points and muscular and connective tissue for the management of pain and movement impairments. It also works to desensitize super sensitive structures, restore motion and function and induce a healing response to the tissue. It does this through a cascade of events that occur once the tissue is penetrated, which leads to vasodilation, increased blood flow, and increased blood vessel formation, all of which promote tissue repair. Dry Needling is very effective in treating tight muscles, contractures, and muscular trigger points. The practice of Dry Needling has been around for decades, and stands as one of the most effective treatments in the world of rehabilitation.

Dry Needling can be performed by a licensed physical therapist who is certified in the technique. Call Stability today to make an appointment for Dry Needling if you think it may benefit you!

Jenna Cooper

Stability Pilates and Physical Therapy


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