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Dry Needling Versus Acupuncture

Updated: Aug 2, 2023

Dry needling versus acupuncture. What’s the difference? Most people have heard of acupuncture, but might not be as familiar with dry needling.

Acupuncture and dry needling are similar in which they use the same type of needle. The difference is the reasoning and methodology behind them.

Acupuncture is a form of Chinese Medicine that focuses on changing the energy or Chi of the people. It can also help relax the body and mind by stimulating the nervous system. With acupuncture, the practitioner will needle along meridians of the body. Meaning even if your arm hurts, you might be needled from head to toe.

Dry needling, however, works well for muscle injuries - tightness, stiffness, trigger points, strains, etc. Dry needling works to help release muscle tension, promote blood flow, and accelerate the healing process to the area. With dry needling, the needle is struck directly into the muscle belly at the cause of the pain.

Both dry needling and acupuncture are effective tools for eliminating pain. Currently, our doctors are fully certified in Dry needling and working on their certification for acupuncture. If you want to experience the healing effects of needles, schedule an appointment today! Give us a call at (615)-900-5187 or schedule an appointment on our website at

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