Is Dry needling acupuncture?
The performance of modern dry needling by physical therapists is based on western neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Both Dry Needling and Acupuncture do, however, use the same tool; a solid needle filament. Generally, the insertion of the needle is not felt.
What is dry needling in physical therapy?
Dry Needling involves multiple advances of a filament needle into the muscle in the region of a "Trigger Point'. The aim of Dry Needling is to achieve a local twitch response to release muscle tension and pain. Dry needling is an effective treatment for chronic pain of neuropathic origin with very few side effects.
In a modern Dry Needling session, an initial consultation is followed by taking the pulse on both arms, and an inspection of the tongue. Classically, in clinical practice, Dry Needling is highly individualized and based on philosophy and intuition, and not on controlled scientific research. The number and frequency of Dry Needling sessions will vary but our practitioners don't think one session is sufficient. Clinical practice varies depending on the country. It has recently been reported that several hospitals in Queensland are now using Dry Needling as a treatment for back pain in place of pain relief medications.