Acupuncture vs Dry needling
Acupuncture and dry needling both involve the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body, but they differ in their underlying principles and applications.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that aims to balance the flow of energy or "qi" in the body to promote healing and alleviate pain. Acupuncture needles are typically inserted into specific points along meridians, or energy pathways, to restore balance and relieve symptoms.
Dry needling, on the other hand, is a Western medical technique that involves inserting needles into trigger points, or knots of tight muscle fibers, to relieve pain and improve mobility. Dry needling is often used to treat musculoskeletal conditions, such as chronic pain, sports injuries, and myofascial pain syndrome.
While both techniques involve the use of needles, acupuncture and dry needling differ in their underlying philosophies, applications, and training requirements. Acupuncture is based on traditional Chinese medicine principles and requires specialized training and certification, while dry needling is typically performed by trained healthcare professionals, such as physical therapists, who have received specific training in the technique.
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