Acupuncture has been practiced over the last 5000 years in China and other Asian countries treating just about any human ailment. More recently it has been used primarily in the west as a complementary option to modern medicine. Treating more common symptoms as headaches, joint pain, soft tissue injuries along with infertility and metabolic issues.
Acupuncture is made of 14 meridians that have 14-20 points each. These points are stimulated to sedate or tonify the signals throughout the body with intension to balance out Qi (pronounced Chi). Your body is in constant flux to its environment (hot/cold, slow/excited, yin/yang) When Qi is balanced our bodies can adapt giving us less negative symptoms.
In a healing environment, this art can be used primarily by its self or in together with Chiropractic, massage, or medicine. More recently it has been used with the US military returning from “down range” lessening the symptoms of PTSD, pain control, and phantom pain after the loss of a limb with excellent results.
Dry needling and acupuncture both use the same type of needles but that is the extent of their similarities. Dry needling focuses on the deep soft tissue trigger points and don’t follow the meridians mentioned above. The goal is to stimulate the trigger points to relax spasms and muscle guarding.
In conclusion acupuncture and dry needling are not the answer to all ailments but are just another tool in the toolbox of the healthcare practitioner.