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  • Writer's pictureSuzanne Earehart, DC

Both Needles: Dry Needling vs. Acupuncture

What is the difference between the two? Both Needles: Dry Needling vs. Acupuncture


Dry Needling: In Dry Needling, a trained professional puts thin needles into the areas of your body that hurt. These needles go into tight spots in your muscles called "trigger points." It's like giving your muscles a little poke to make them feel better. The needles help release tension and reduce pain. Dry Needling is often used for muscle pains and to improve how well your muscles move.


Acupuncture: Now, let's imagine a different way to help your body's pain. Acupuncture also uses thin needles, but it's based on an ancient Chinese healing practice. Instead of focusing only on muscles like Dry Needling, acupuncture targets specific points along pathways called "meridians" in your body. The idea is that when these points are poked with needles, it helps balance the energy flow in your body. This balance is believed to help reduce pain and promote overall well-being.


In summary, both Dry Needling and acupuncture use thin needles to help with pain, but they work in slightly different ways. Dry Needling targets muscles directly and is more about releasing tension, while acupuncture focuses on energy balance along specific pathways. People choose one or the other based on their preferences and the type of pain they have. Always remember, if you ever feel any pain or discomfort, it's essential to talk to a grown-up or a healthcare professional who can help you feel better!


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