What is the difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?

What is the difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?

Most people are familiar with the term acupuncture. However, there is less awareness of dry needling. In fact, some people use the terms interchangeably. Both dry needling and acupuncture involve the insertion of thin needles into certain parts of the body. That’s where the similarities stop. That’s why we will explain what is the difference between dry needling and acupuncture.

Dry Needling

You may know dry needling treatment as myofascial point dry needling. It is an extremely effective and natural treatment for both chronic and acute pain. Oftentimes, it is part of a broader treatment plan.

Developed in the West in the 1980s, dry needling treatment is relatively new. During a dry needling treatment, you have needles inserted into trigger points, or tender bands of muscle. These are located within larger muscles. Needles inserted are into your trigger points. Then, they elicit a response that releases the trigger point and restores normal function.


On the other hand, with acupuncture, the needles are inserted into points along your meridian lines. These lines, based on ancient Chinese medicine, represent the body’s organs. The basis of acupuncture is the idea of the restoration of proper energy flow throughout the body. Furthermore, with acupuncture, the needles are often left in place for 15 – 30 minutes at a time. You can use acupuncture to treat many issues. In fact, these include internal sicknesses, such as digestive problems, insomnia, stress, and chronic pain.

Dry Needling at Delta Fitness

At Delta Fitness, we want to help you with your fitness and health. This is why we offer dry needling treatments. In fact, it’s one of our recovery options. We have seen how dry needling brings rapid relief. Also, it can be highly effective in treating acute and chronic conditions. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us and one of our skilled therapists will be in touch.

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