How does dry needling differ from acupuncture? Although the tool itself ('the needle) is the same, dry needling does not share the same theoretical principles as traditional Chinese acupuncture (TCM).
TCM holds a long standing, highly valuable position in the medical world, spanning more than 2000 years. Instead, dry needling derives from western medical science, requiring the practitioner to have undergone formal medical-type training - for example - physiotherapists, chiropractors or sports therapists. Dry needling is taught within the framework of western musculoskeletal diagnosis as opposed to altering or redirecting the flow of QI (energy) along meridians as applied in TCM practice. Dry needling is a modern, evidence-based technique. It is fast becoming the 'patients choice' in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries.

By Marie Genney