Acupuncture originated over 5000 years ago. It's based on the belief that health is determined by a balanced flow of chi, the vital life energy present in all living organisms.
Needles are inserted into points along the body’s meridian pathways, often distant to the site of pain and no local twitch response is seen.
Your acupuncturist can redirect and reposition the flow of energy (chi) for the purpose of relieving tension, stress, and pain. The uninterrupted and balanced flow of energy along these meridians contributes to one's overall health.
Dry needling is an effective and efficient technique for the sole purpose treatment of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.
The approach is based on Western anatomical and neurophysiological principles. It should not to be confused with the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique of acupuncture. However, since the same filament needles are used in both dry needling and acupuncture, the confusion is understandable.
How does dry needling work?
There are well documented mechanical and biochemical effects. Based on the numerous studies, we know that inserting a needle into myofascial trigger points can cause favourable biochemical changes, which assist in improving muscle function and reducing pain. Depending on the client, their history, goals and specific circumstances will determine the way in which we use dry needling (if we use it at all). There are multiple levels of intensity to suit each individual.