Once you have completed your Dry Needling Course and embark on treating your clients, you will be asked certain questions. For example, one of the first and most common questions will be – “What is the difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?”. This question can be answered by using educating the patient on what is each of the styles being questioned.
Dry Needling is based around the Western anatomical model. It relies on identifying the myofascial trigger point via palpation. Once the trigger point is identified, a fine filiform needle is inserted into the skin in a piston like fashion. The aim of this thrusting is to deactivate or release the trigger point or tight band that has been identified by the practitioner. The deactivation is commonly identified via palpation, or lack of trigger point int the area. To use Dry Needling, a practitioner must be confident not only in their palpatory skill, but also in their knowledge of anatomy and physiology. In the Precise Points Dry Needling Courses, anatomical knowledge is considered the cornerstone to a confident and safe needling experience.
Acupuncture on the other hand uses an ancient system of diagnosis to identify changes in energy channels. These energy channels are believed to be the key to physical function. When one of these channels is not functioning properly, it is believed this can alter the equilibrium of energy in the body. It is believed that this change in equilibrium, if not addressed, can lead to dysfunction and therefore pain. Pain may be at the site of injury or in proximal or distal parts of the body.
So in summary, the difference between the two disciplines is in how they approach dysfunction. Dry Needling uses a Western Medical foundation. It identifies tight bands of muscle that refer into a specified pattern, then in the tight band a spot that is primarily causing the pain will be needled. In Acupuncture, a whole body assessment is carried out. Depending on the presentation, various points throughout the body will be chosen that the practitioner. These points will reflect the esoteric understanding of the body dysfunction.
Regardless of which technique is used the Western Medical action will be the same, as the body does not discriminate between minute tissue damage and potential energy dysfunction.
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