Dry needling is focused on using strong stimulation on the muscles to get them to release and relax. Acupuncture does not use strong stimulation and it is based on channel theory and using points to heal the body naturally. Both methods use fine filament needles gently inserted into strategic locations in the body. The fundamental difference between these techniques is that dry needling is based on human anatomy and the neurophysiological principles, while traditional acupuncture is based on traditional chinese medicine.

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What does dry needling do?

Dry needling helps treat muscle tissue, with the goal of reducing pain, inactivating trigger points and restoring muscular function. It’s rarely a standalone procedure and is often used as part of a broader physical therapy approach incorporating other traditional physical therapy treatment methods such as massage.


Is dry needling better than massage?

Dry needling and friction massage are equally effective in improving symptoms in patients. Tests have shown that the decreases in frequency and intensity of pain are similar after both dry needing and friction massage.


Does dry needling remove knots?

Dry needle therapy helps to resolve muscle knots by inserting a very thin needle directly into the trigger point. The knot responds to this interruption and relaxes immediately. Most patients agree that dry needling doesn't hurt. It’s quite similar in many ways to acupuncture.


What does needle massage do?

Dry needling can help reduce pain and soreness so it tends to be popular with physios and physical therapists when treating patients who have muscular pains. A specially trained physical therapist will use a thin needle to release muscle tightness, ease tendonitis and inflammation, and/or promote healing.


What is a Seirin needle?

Seirin Needles are ultra-thin, stainless steel wire needles that provide gentle, painless and stress-free treatments. They are some of the best quality needles on the market. Made in Japan, The Seirin J-Type Needle is used in acupuncture for gentle, painless, and stress-free treatment. Made from high-quality surgical stainless steel, the acupuncture needles can be used to relieve pain in your patient's muscles.

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