The difference between them is one of technique. Dry needling tends to be more vigorous and targets a “twitch response”, a deep down release of the muscle to ease pain. Acupuncture, generally is a little more gentle and aims to stimulate the flow of vital energy around the body to help promote healing and relaxtion. It helps to desensitise the neural system which may be responsible for the pain experience.
At Bandon Chartered Physiotherapy Clinic we use acupuncture and dry needling as an adjunct, along with our hands on work, to help you recover. Our skilled physiotherapists sometimes do both.