Both acupuncture and dry needling involve the use of needles to a certain part of the body. That's why many people can feel confused about the differences between these two treatments. However, their difference can go further than the insertion of needles.
Acupuncture vs Dry needling
Acupuncture is a practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been used for thousands of years. Acupuncture follows the concept of Qi or the flow of energy inside the body. During an acupuncture session, fine needles are inserted into points along meridian line to bring the body back to balance and harmony. Needles are usually left in place for 15 to 30 minutes and often used to treat digestive problems, insomnia, and chronic pain.
Dry needling is a modern therapy widely used by physical therapists such as myotherapists, physiotherapists and podiatrists. Treatment aims to stimulate trigger points in muscles for therapeutic effects. Fine needles are inserted in tight areas or knots in muscles to relieve muscle stiffness and pain. Dry needling is also used to improve range of motion throughout the body. With dry needling, needles are usually left in place for 5 to 7 minutes.
What is a Trigger Point?
Trigger points are sensitive spots in muscle belly , often referred as muscle knots. Trigger points are formed when the body's muscles contract and become locked into its shortened position. This is usually caused by stress or injuries. When press firmly on trigger points, it can cause persistent pain in the muscles. By inserting a needle directly to trigger points, dry needling helps to release the knots and reduce the pain.
Dry needling at Foot Body Sole
At Foot Body Sole, we love to use dry needling as part of our comprehensive treatment for conditions such as Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinopathy, knee pain, muscle tightness, etc. We usually offer dry needling along with other treatment options including stretching exercises, electrotherapy, shockwave therapy and orthotics to achieve the optimal outcome in the shortest time possible.
If you need any further information or wonder if dry needling is a right treatment for you, please contact us on 03 8648 7678 or email@example.com or visit us at 108 Bridport St, Albert Park Vic 3206 to chat to our lovely staff. Alternatively, you can click on the book now button below and it will take you to our online booking page.