Acupuncture vs. Dry Needling

Acupuncture and dry needling services can help a great deal in improving overall well-being and even longevity. Understanding the difference between the two treatment options can help you better understand which treatment option will best fit your needs.

What is Acupuncture?

A technique that has been used for centuries, acupuncture is believed to have originated in China. Acupuncture specialists believe it can relieve pain, discomfort, and stress by opening energy flow. On the medical side, acupuncture uses thin needles to stimulate muscles and nerves beneath the skin. This can produce endorphins, which have several medical benefits. Acupuncture is often used to relieve symptoms such as:

  • Muscle aches
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Joint pain
  • Nausea

In order to practice acupuncture, a professional needs to be licensed and receive applicable training.

What Is Dry Needling?

Dry needling and acupuncture are similar, but there are some notable differences. One similarity is that dry needling is used to relieve muscle pain and cramping. Some believe it can also improve a person’s flexibility. A practitioner will insert a threadlike needle into pressure points, knots, or tight areas in the muscles. These needles contain no liquid, and nothing is injected.

This is a popular method among sports therapists and other physical therapists. While dry needling may be more effective than receiving no treatment at all, there are more conventional and cost-effective methods. These include stretching and massage therapy, which are potentially better at alleviating muscle pain.

Do You Need Acupuncture Services?

If you think acupuncture services may help improve your overall well-being, our team at Synergy Health Partners is here to help. If you have recently sustained injuries from a car accident, our acupuncture or massage therapy services may help alleviate your pain. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment.

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