Acupuncture meets trigger point therapy for better results.
Dry needling is a trigger point treatment that uses acupuncture needles to reach deep-seated tension with less pain than traditional methods. Not only are muscles relaxed, but nerves, joints and ligaments can also experience rapid improvement.
The question we are asked most often is: What is the difference between acupuncture and dry needling? Both use acupuncture needles, but acupuncture is based on predetermined points on the meridians (energy pathways) and can treat musculoskeletal, organ and psychological problems. Dry needling targets trigger points, tense muscles and joints to reduce pain and improve mobility.
If you suddenly feel a pulling pain, for example in your neck or lower back when you have lifted something too heavy, a chiropractic adjustment can bring quick relief. Afterward, the blockage is gone, but the tight muscles are still there. With dry needling, the acupuncture needles provide a better supply of blood to the trigger points and the tense muscle cords, allowing them to relax more quickly. You will experience a quicker relief of pain and a better mobility.
After an injury or surgery, the surrounding muscles contract to protect the injured joints. Even after the cause has been removed, muscles and ligaments can continue their protective program. The result is persistent pain and restricted movement. Dry needling supports rehabilitation by gently releasing deep-seated muscle tension and allowing for better results.