Dry Needling vs Acupuncture. What’s the difference?

It’s a question I’m often asked, although at present, I don’t offer either.

Dry Needling is often performed as part of a Sports / Rehabilitation treatment.  It works on relieving pain & tightness through trigger point work.  Needles should be left in for only a few minutes and not many of them!

Acupuncture aims to stimulate the free flow of Qi (Life force energy) across Meridians (like an underground map of energy channels in your body).  Energy blockages / imbalances can cause the body to become unwell.  During Acupuncture, the therapist will place needles along the corresponding Meridians of the body, with the intention of restoring balance & harmony & stimulating your body to restore homeostasis / self-regulate.

Both treatments have their physiological benefits.

Don’t be afraid to ASK about treatments.  The therapist should be able to explain what they’re doing and why & you should be able to make a fully informed decision.

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