Acupuncture and dry needling are great forms of soft tissue treatment. Acupuncture has been used as a treatment in China for over 2000 years and dry needling, first developed in America, have seen a huge rise to international prominence in recent times. They both involve the placing of a very fine needle into an area of muscle, tendon or joint to help decrease pain and promote healing.
Both treatments are very similar and have lots of benefits:
- Target the points that are a direct source of pain
- Get deep into the problem areas
- Help to improve healing
- Improve muscle and joint function
The difference between them is one of technique. Dry needling tends to be more vigorous and targets a “twitch response”, a deep down release of the muscle to ease pain.
Acupuncture, generally is a little more gentle and aims to stimulate “deqi”, the flow of vital energy around the body to help promote healing and relaxtion.
At Total Care Physio, we use acupuncture and dry needling, along with our hands on work, to help you recover. Our highly skilled physiotherapists sometimes do both. Just ask us which one would work best for you.