What Is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a modern Western approach to traditional needle therapy that aims to reduce muscular tension and pain. In Singapore, we might be more familiar with the traditional Asian treatment of acupuncture, but there are some differences between these 2 approaches that are important to know. If you are experiencing muscular discomfort or pain, reach out to us to find out more about our services.

How Do Dry Needling & Acupuncture Work?

At first glance, dry needling and acupuncture may appear to work in the same way. Both therapies involve placing short, thin needles into specific points in the body to trigger specific physiological responses. However, they differ in the types of ailments they aim to treat.

In dry needling, needles are placed at myo-fascial trigger points in the muscles themselves. These trigger points are typically areas where the muscle is tense or knotted, causing tightness and pain in the body.

When the needle is placed correctly, it stimulates the muscle causing it to relax and release the knot. This can help to alleviate short-term pain or serve as part of a longer-term pain management strategy.

In comparison, acupuncture in the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) tradition revolves around freeing the movement of ‘Chi’ energy flow through the meridian pathways in your body. By placing the needle at specific points along these meridians, practitioners aim to rebalance your internal flow of Chi. If you have been in a TCM clinic before, you might have seen coloured charts of the body that depict the Chi pathways and their respective trigger points.

What pain can dry needling and acupuncture treat?

Equilibrio’s dry needling therapy  is an intramuscular treatment that can help relieve pain, reduce muscle tension, and improve range of motion. It best treats myofascial pain along the musculoskeletal system – this can include lower back pain, whiplash, migraines, joint and disc problems, and jaw pain. As dry needling is a musculoskeletal treatment, its effects are limited to areas in the body that are affected by your muscles or skeletal system.

In contrast, traditional acupuncture aims to tackle a wide range of issues within the body, including problems with the muscles and organs or emotional pain. As Chi pathways are said to travel throughout the body and affect all systems within the body, acupuncture therapists are often said to be able to treat a wider range of ailments compared to dry needling.

What are the side effects of dry needling?

Mild side effects after dry needling are common including bruising, bleeding, or soreness around the injection site. Most mild side effects go away on their own after several days. While more severe side effects are possible, they are very rare when the treatment is performed by trained professionals. Find out who our trained chiropractors are and reach out to find out more about our services.

Start Your Dry Needling Journey With Equilibrio

Equilibrio’s chiropractors have more than a decade of combined experience, and are committed to understanding your holistic needs and health before proceeding with any treatment plan. Find out more about our dry needling services here or reach out to us for more information.


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