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8 dry needling vs acupuncture


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8 dry needling vs acupuncture

  1. 1. DR. SUBHANJAN DAS, PT +91 8967549104 Dry Needling Instructor MPT (Musculoskeletal & Sports) Assoc. Prof., BIMLS, Burdwan
  2. 2. Also in the series         
  3. 3.  Latin Acus means needle  If piercing the skin by needle is acupuncture then dry needling can be termed as acupuncture.  But so can be injection, innoculation or pricking for blood test.
  4. 4.  Acupuncture and dry needling, while using the same needle types, are two very different treatments. Traditional Acupuncture is used for the diagnosis and treatment of pathological conditions including visceral and systemic dysfunction, while dry needling is used for the assessment and treatment of myofacial pain syndromes and dysfunction due to myofacial trigger points / tension areas / muscle spasm / increased tonicity.
  5. 5.  Acupuncture achieves pain relief and healing by creating balance in the body's energy levels.  Dry needling acts via the release of endorphins and serum cortisol, also achieves pain relief and biomechanical re-function by de-activating the trigger points.  The needles also cause localised haemorrhaging which promotes healing by stimulating collagen and protein formation.
  6. 6.  For physios and other musculoskeletal therapists, DN is more popular because there is no need to train in traditional acupuncture methods in order to practice the skill/technique of Dry Needling.  Acupuncturists and therapists trained in traditional acupuncture are increasingly including the needling of myofascial trigger points into their treatment approaches.
  7. 7. Relation b/w Acupuncture and DN  Melzack et al concluded that there was a 71% overlap between MTrPs and acupuncture points based on their anatomical location. Birch reassessed this 1977 paper and concluded that actual correlation between acu points and MTrP is only 18-19%
  8. 8. AhShi AhShi points are extra points which are found outside the meridian. They are tender points, needled during acupuncture. AhShi points are probably same as MTrPs of DN