Dry needling or acupuncture - what’s the difference?

Dry needling is a fantastic solution to a wide variety of muscular aches, strains, and tension problems. Much in the same vein as acupuncture, it involves gently puncturing the skin at specific points with specialist needles.


However, the difference revolves around the areas that dry needles target. While acupuncture focuses on stimulating the nervous system, dry needling helps to release tension.


Many people opt for dry needling when they wish to become more supple, or more flexible. Dry needle therapy is also a superb solution for helping to release tight, painful knots across the body.

What's termed 'dry needling' has always been a formal part of Chinese Medicine. Acupuncturists provide an individualized diagnostic treatment including both channel acupuncture as well as the dry needling style.

Much like acupuncture, dry needling does not cause much discomfort. Each needle is likely to feel a little warm, or pressurized. Within a few moments, you may even start to feel more relaxed. 


As experienced, certified and regulated acupuncture specialists, we’re pleased to offer dry needling as just one route of acupuncture and therapy for attendees at our clinic.


Dry needling may be necessary if you are suffering from deep muscle tension, tightness or knotting. Alternatively, if you are an athlete or trainer looking to push your body through new challenges ahead, needling can help to ensure you are supple to perform without injury.

Crucially, dry needling is just one option when assisting with muscle inhibition. Following an initial consultation, you will have the opportunity to consider a range of professionally-administered therapies on your request.


There’s no need to feel scared about dry needling. If you have any questions or concerns about the process, you can always feel free to discuss your options before any appointments are booked.


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