What is the Difference Between Acupuncture and Dry Needling?

Have you heard of dry needling? Dry needling is the use of a needle in a trigger point to release a nagging tight muscle. Think about a knot in a necklace being picked apart with a tiny little needle-that is what dry needling is like inside the body! It is the process of picking apart a tight muscle with a little needle, and it creates TREMENDOUS relief!

Acupuncture is the same idea, however this is based off of meridian pathways in the body that are found based off of your symptoms. Acupuncture can help chronic pain, headaches, migraines, insomnia, high blood pressure, mood disorders, fertility and so much more.

Here’s how it works: there are a bunch of signaling pathways throughout the body that go up and down from the brain. These pathways send signals for pain, motion, thought, etc. With insertion of needles into the body, certain signaling pathways are triggered.

Dry needling and acupuncture both inhibit the transmission of pain by mediating anti-inflammatory and anti-nociceptive effects (anti-pain). How does it do this?

Well, there are different chemicals that are put out in the body as part of an inflammatory response. It has been found through research that these points disrupt this output of inflammatory chemicals-they stop the inflammatory cascade from over-doing itself! Instead, HELPFUL chemicals are released! Overall, there is a balance of anti-inflammatory and pro-inflammatory chemicals once a patient receives treatment.

Much is still not understood about needling, however we do know there is a great amount of success with patients feeling INCREDIBLE after a series of treatments. Please reach out to our office if you have questions!!

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