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  • Writer's pictureChang Min Lee

Dry Needling vs. Acupuncture: What’s the Difference?

There are several key differences between dry needling and acupuncture. Dry needling is a relatively new treatment that is based on modern scientific principles. It uses a thin needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate muscle tissue. The needle is then manipulated to cause a twitch response in the muscle. This twitch response helps to stretch and loosen the muscle, which can help to relieve muscle pain. Dry needling is used to treat a variety of conditions, including trigger points, referred pain, and chronic pain.

Acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat a variety of conditions. It is based on traditional Chinese medicine, which uses acupuncture points on the body to restore balance and health. Acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of conditions, including pain relief, infertility, and anxiety.

What are the benefits of dry needling?

If you're one of the millions of Americans who suffer from chronic pain, you may be looking for relief. And if you've tried everything from over-the-counter medications to traditional acupuncture, you may be wondering about dry needling.

One of the main benefits of dry needling is that it can help to release tension in the muscles and tissues around the area that's in pain. This can provide relief from tension headaches, sinus headaches, and other types of headaches. dry needling can also help to improve nerve function and muscle function.

If you're experiencing neck pain, low back pain, and/or shoulder pain, dry needling may be a treatment option worth exploring. dry needling can help to treat pain and tension in the muscles, and it may also improve the range of motion. In some cases, it can even help to manage chronic pain. Dry needling can also help to improve blood flow and drainage, which can further reduce inflammation and pain.

What are the risks associated with dry needling

Dry needling is a safe and effective treatment for a variety of conditions. Most people who receive dry needling treatments experience no side effects. However, some people may experience temporary soreness, bruising, or bleeding at the needle site. Generally, the temporary pain or uncomfortable sensation should subside within 24-72 hours. More serious side effects have been reported but they are very rare.

How to find a qualified practitioner of dry needling

If you're considering dry needling for pain relief, it's important to find a qualified practitioner. dry needling is a relatively new treatment, so not all practitioners have the necessary training and experience.

The best way to find a qualified practitioner is to ask your doctor or physical therapist. They may know of a qualified practitioner in your area. You can also search for local practitioners online or in the phone book. When choosing a practitioner, be sure to ask about their training and experience with dry needlin1.

SKYE Physiotherapy is the best choice for dry needling treatments

If you're considering dry needling for pain relief, SKYE Physiotherapy can help! We offer premium dry needling services from qualified and experienced physical therapists. Our physical therapists have the necessary training and experience to provide safe and effective dry needling treatment.

We also offer a variety of other physical therapy services, including holistic manual therapy, corrective exercises, posture & performance training, and pre- and post-op rehabilitation.

We offer a free consultation to help you determine which services are right for you. Contact us today to learn more about our dry needling services or to schedule a free consultat


Chang-Min (Skye) Lee, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, COMT, CMTPT

8000 Locust Mill Street Suite P Ellicott City, MD 21043

(410) 357-6500

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