It’s quite common not to know the difference between dry needling and acupuncture, as both practices involve inserting thin stainless needles into the skin for the purpose of treating pain.
Compared to acupuncture, dry needling is a relatively new practice that focuses on alleviating muscular pain by inserting needles into ‘tight’ areas of muscle. It’s called “dry” needling because there is no substance injected during the process.
Acupuncture differs because it is performed by a Chinese Medicine Practitioner. Needles are inserted according to ‘Eastern Medicine’ principles, often along meridian channels to improve ‘Chi’ or ‘energy’ flow. Acupuncture is often used to treat conditions other than muscle and joint stiffness.
The benefits of dry needling
Dry needling can help alleviate muscle tightness, which can reduce pain, spasm or cramping in the targeted area. Needles can be inserted directly into the painful area, but can also be administered in areas away from the pain or stiffness to treat your broader nervous system and/or related muscle groups, in an effort to achieve greater therapeutic benefit.
Dry needling aims to reduce muscle tightness, which can improve mobility and pain. This is why it’s a popular treatment method for managing both athletes and the general population.
Caringbah dry needling services at The Backstory
Incorporating years of clinical experience, we work closely alongside our patients with the aim of helping them overcome musculoskeletal issues through tailored management plans.
Whether you’re experiencing back or neck pain from being hunched over your desk all day, or you are an athlete with a sports-related injury, The Backstory can incorporate dry needling as part of your management.
Why trust The Backstory with your dry needling needs in Caringbah?
Our state-of-the-art clinic (conveniently located in Caringbah) is committed to providing our patients with drug and surgery free, hands-on treatment that focuses on diagnosing and managing neuromuscular disorders.
Our qualified and experienced chiropractors incorporate a variety of techniques and modalities into treatments, in order to provide each individual patient with tailored management that caters for their specific needs and circumstances – dry needling is one of these modalities.