What is the difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?​​
Dry Needling is a skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle (acupuncture type needles) to  penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments. Dry needling (DN) is a technique used to treat dysfunctions in skeletal muscle, fascia, and connective tissue, and, diminish persistent peripheral nociceptive input, and reduce or restore impairments of body structure and function leading to improved activity and participation. 


​​Acupuncture, it is thought that when Chi (life energy) becomes stagnant and the flow is disrupted, illness and disease result. In order to restore Chi distribution, Acupuncture needles are inserted into Acupuncture points along the meridians (energetic pathways) of the body.  Acupuncture falls within the scope of traditional Chinese medicine.


​Dry Needling can be a powerful adjunctive treatment at Physical Therapy First, though it is important to remember that Dry Needling is only one part of the treatment component. Physical therapy will likely also address biomechanical muscle imbalances, postural dysfunctions, muscular flexibility limitation, strength deficits, and swollen or stiff joints. Physical therapy treatment may include: laser, ultrasound, traction, joint mobilization, a carefully designed therapeutic exercise plan, and advanced hands-on therapy techniques. These will restore a patient’s optimal physical function. ​

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