What Is The Difference Between Acupuncture And Dry Needling?
A neurologic approach

The common question I get asked is, "What is the difference between Dry Needling (DN) and Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (TCA)?"

  1. The biggest difference is DN goes deep into the muscle belly, while TCA sits superficially and is guided by meridians. 
  2. DN practiced is baseed of the laws of modern medicine while TCA is based off laws of eastern medicine.
  3. DN focuses on fields such as molecular biology, physiology, pathology, anatomy, and kinesiology.
  4. TCA developed 2,500 years ago with focuses on Yin-Yang, the five elements, and Qi (vitality).
  5. TCA uses meridians to guide where they place the needle (falsified in the 1960's). 

I have worked hand-in-hand with a good acupuncturist (Dr. Avi) and acupuncture is a fantastic alternative to conservative care. 

What Is Integrative Dry Needling?
A neurologic approach

Integrative Dry Needling is a systematic approach that addresses local soft tissue dysfunction (tight, tender) areas, the peripheral nerve that supplies the muscle, and the segmental area where that peripheral nerves comes from. 

Goals: restoration of tissue and systemic homeostasis

  • Increase local PH (tight muscles become hypoxic, thus blocking microcirculation)
  • Decrease inflammatory markers to brain (bradykinin, substance P)
  • DN stimulates mechanoreceptors that stimulate the dorsal horn to release opiod-mediated pain supression
  • Changes in neural activity to the area to stimulate the muscle and nerve. 
Electric Nerve Stimulation (ENS)
To further increase efficacy of manual needling

This consists of a rhythmic vibration for both local and systemic effects. 

  • Decrease pain or analgesic (more powerful than needling alone)
  • Reducing tissue tension (including tension scar tissue)
  • Restor vasoregulation of blood
  • Increase lymphatic circulation
  • Decrease inflammation 

ENS delivers a mild elexrical stimulation to soft tissues via solid monofilament needles for the treatment of pain, tension, and neuromuscular re-education.

He Who Treats The Site Of Pain Is Lost
Trigger Point Dry Needling

The idea of inserting a needle into an area of musculoskeletal pain is certainly beneficial, but what about the rest of the the system? Addressing the nerve that supplies that muscle can have many other areas of entrapment or irritation upstream causing referral down stream. At Rider Chiropractic Sports and Injury, we treat the body as a system. We pride ourselves on a thorough evaluation and top-notch education.

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