Why Choose An Acupuncturist Over Dry Needling & What Is The Difference?
Dry needling is where tender spots in the muscle which are called trigger points. These points are needled to produce a twitch response that forces the muscle and facia tissue to relax. Which in turn reduces pain, improves range of motion and strength. This was made famous and progressed in the west by Janet Graeme Travell, M.D. who was also President John F Kennedy's personal physician.
In acupuncture these points are called "arshi" points which translate to “oh yes“ which refers to the twitch that is often felted. But these arshi points are only one type of many types of points that a trained acupuncturist will use. Points away from the site of pain and even on opposite limbs are used to stimulate the nerve system to release different hormones and regulate the digestive system. Most importantly for musculoskeletal
Injuries these points can be used to reduce pain and inflammation throughout the body and well as relax the effected area.
A skilled acupuncturist is not only skilled at treating the local area but also using points located way from the site of pain to simulate your body in to healing faster and with less pain.
Education is also a big factor. To be a qualified acupuncturist has a minimum 4-year bachelors degree in why when and how you use an acupuncture needle while a dry needler may only have done a weekend course.
In summary, while dry needling is very affective in the hands of an acupuncture not only can these local results be achieved but also health benefits for the whole body can be achieved to help speed you on your road to recovery.