Dry needling is one of many forms of acupuncture therapy. Although many consider both one in the same, Dry Needling wasn’t originally a part of the traditional practice of Chinese acupuncture. It’s considered a modern-day technique that’s specifically used to release trigger points that are causing neuromusculoskeletal pain. These trigger points are tightly stretched bands of skeletal muscle that are located within larger muscle groups.
Acupuncture focuses on imbalances of the entire body and has more to do with prevention and the body’s natural ability to heal itself. What inevitably separates the two is the specific anatomical locations that each target and the purpose behind each needle. All acupuncture techniques use different depths in certain areas of the body while dry needling involves deep insertion.