Today we explore the terms Acupuncture and dry needling, what they are and how they differ.
Acupuncture is a holistic and complementary approach used to understand and return the body’s normal function, whether organic or musculoskeletal . This form for complementary treatment dates back over 2000 years used by the ancient Chinese in a way to restore the body’s ‘qui.’ The ‘qui’ is known by the ancients as the body’s energy balance further reading can be done on the ‘Australian Acupuncture and Chinese medicine association LTD’ at http://www.acupuncture.org.au/
Dry needling is a concept used by Western medical doctors, chiropractors, physiotherapists and those who qualify to be certified in this treatment method. Dry needling is different than acupuncture as it focuses pure on the musculoskeletal system . muscular trigger points are found that may be the causes of pain that is located anywhere around the body, e.g. back, neck, rotator cuff etc... At those points a fine non-medicated sterilized needle is inserted and can be left for up to 10 minutes or on the discretion of the practitioner. Often this method releases the muscle tension or spasms. This treatment method can help in-conjunction with other therapies the practitioner has to offer. Just like any other treatment offered by any health practitioner some may react well or others may feel like it doesn’t benefit them at all.
If you would like any more information, or you feel that this therapy may benefit you, Joseph is always happy to assess and come up with a suitable treatment plan. Call the clinic on (02) 9637 4777 or 0451 107 165 to make an appointment.