Dry needling and acupuncture may appear similar because they both involve sterile needles getting placed into areas of the skin.
However, unlike dry needling, acupuncture does not follow an evidence-based approach for the treatment of pain, stiffness, injuries, and neuromuscular conditions.
Instead, acupuncture is a type of traditional Chinese medicine that works to alter the flow of energy (known as Qi) to give patients the perception that their pain is relieved. Many scientific studies suggest that acupuncture is a placebo effect and does not provide lasting treatment for most conditions.
On the other hand, dry needling DOES follow an evidence-based approach to treatment.
When performed by a trained physical therapist, dry needling is proven to effectively treat a variety of conditions, such as pain and stiffness.
Many patients feel that their range of motion improves immediately from dry needling treatment.
About 2-3 days after dry needling treatment, most patients feel a dramatic decrease in pain and stiffness.