What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. The idea behind acupuncture is that stimulating these points with acupuncture needles or pressure relieves obstructions in the flow of energy, enabling the body to heal. The three primary effects of acupuncture are to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and restore homeostasis.

For thousands of years it has been shown that certain points on the body can stimulate a specific response when rubbed, needled or stimulated with heat or electricity. The art of Asian medicine has shown that with intentional manipulation of these areas, certain results can be achieved. Whether it be to reduce excessiveness, tonify deficiencies or remove blockages, research has proven the effectiveness of these methods through timeless studies that predate most modern medicines.

Acupuncture VS. Dry Needling

Acupuncture in the traditional way is a mindful strategic art. Whereby practitioners are trained in point location, needling technique and depth, strategic manipulation of the needles and ancient theory as to why we use certain points.  Whereas dry needling is the new spinoff of an ancient art which requires no knowledge as to the why and how, but focuses on one aspect of the trade called "ashi points".  Without proper training, it can be hit or miss.

Licensed Acupuncturist are required to complete thousands of hours of hands on training and practice in the Art of Asian Medicine, as well as having knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, pathology and pharmacology. People who dry needle are required a few CEU's over a weekend course, therefore bypassing the foundation of the art itself and lacking in the knowledge of technique required for safe depth and manipulation.

In conclusion, the two should not be confused. The amount of injuries that have occurred from unlicensed acupuncturists performing what they call dry needling have tainted the industry and can be prevented by knowing the difference. For more information please click here to speak to a licensed professional.