Chinese vs Western Medical
As you may know, acupuncture has been around a long time. The Eastern Chinese Acupuncture approach uses needles to manipulate the flow of energy (chi) though energy channels (meridians) across the body. Western Medical Acupuncture is anatomical-based.
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Why would anyone think that putting a needle in someone would actually help them feel better?!
Training and Qualifications
Acupuncturists spend thousands of hours memorizing acu-points of the body relative to their examination of a person's symptoms or presentation. Physical therapists spend thousands of hours memorizing the anatomy of the human body, it's muscles, nerves, blood vessels, etc. Both use the same needles but with very different philosophies.
Is it painful? Is it safe?
It is very unlikely or rare that a pneumothorax, damage to internal organs, or infection may occur. We know where to place the needles and where not to! More common side effects might be soreness similar to a deep massage or mild bruising.
So, what does it do?
Research has shown measurable effects, including:
It's as if the body or brain perceives the needles as the foreign objects that they are and attacks them. Or it recognizes the micro trauma caused by the puncture wounds, which resets or jumpstarts the healing process again.
What types of conditions or pathologies can Dry Needling help? Just about any orthopedic condition! Arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, sprains/strains, scar tissue adhesion, muscle guarding—if it hurts and you can put your finger on it, dry needling will likely help!
Drs. Janet Travell (personal physician to John F. Kennedy) and David Simons in the early 1940’s first proposed the use of needles without injectate or medicine with the idea that it was the needle—not the medicine—that stimulated the body to heal the area injected.
Later, Czech physician, Karel Lewit’s published a study in 1979 showing positive benefits of dry needling in over 80 locations on the body.