Dry Needling is similar to acupuncture in technique whereby a sterile, single-use, fine filament needle is inserted into the skin.However, the main difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture is the theory behind why the techniques work.
Dry Needling is primarily focused on the restoration of range and function through the stimulation of the neural, fascial and muscular systems to rapidly resolve movement dysfunctions and optimise movement patterns.
In comparison, acupuncture focuses on the treatment of medical conditions by restoring the flow of energy (Qi) through key points in the body (meridians) to restore balance.
Evidence to date supports that dry needling addresses pain problems, reduces muscle tension and normalises dysfunctions, addressing mechanical musculoskeletal pain problems. This can help speedup the patient's return to active rehabilitation.
“The form of Dry Needling I use is extremely gentle, and is often my treatment of choice early in the acute phase of an injury especially when there is significant pain. It is less painful than traditional physiotherapy, and I have had many a patient return asking what was in the needles as they had had so much relief!” states Sarah Colston, Senior Physiotherapist, at Newcastle Aquatic Physiotherapy. “They are amazed that these tiny needles can have so much benefit”