It’s one of the most common questions we get asked at Body Balance Physiotherapy Clinic.

The answer is not black and white, they similar but different!

Both Acupuncture and Dry needling use thin, stainless steel needles. For both treatments, needles are inserted into the skin to help treat the patient’s symptoms. 

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a more modern and newer treatment used to treat musculoskeletal pain or conditions. Dry needling is mostly used for myofascial trigger point (most commonly known as knots) release, helps with muscle activation, and increases blood flow to the area or site of injury.

Dry needling of these myofascial trigger points can cause a local twitch response – an involuntary reflex contraction of the muscle fibers. The needles help release the knot and relieve any muscle pain or spasms. Dry needling can be carried out at superficial or deep muscular levels. 

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture was first found in Chinese medicine. It’s thought to relieve pain by opening a person’s energy flow. The belief of acupuncture is that the pain, discomfort, or condition is due to a blocked or interrupted Chi which is known to provide your body with healing energy. 

Acupuncture seeks to remove blockages within the Chi system and balance your energy flow. Acupuncture can be used for conditions including chronic pain, nausea, headaches, allergies, etc. When using the needles during acupuncture the needles are inserted into different pressure points throughout the body. 

Does Dry Needling or Acupuncture have side effects?

There are mild side effects from both, but serious side effects are rare. All needles are one-use only and should be disposed of after each use. Therefore there should be no cause for infection. 

Mild side effects may include:

  •  Slight bleeding that may only last for a few seconds. 
  •  Bruising. 
  •  Soreness/tenderness to the area for 24-72 hours. 

We offer both Dry Needling and Acupuncture at our clinics in Cavan and Navan. 

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