Question: Do acupuncturists do dry needling?

Which is better acupuncture or dry needling?

In particular, research shows acupuncture and dry needling are particularly useful for the treatment of knee pain caused by the arthritis condition. For the treatment of knee and hip osteoarthritis, non-trigger point dry needling is more effective than traditional dry needling alone.

Why is dry needling controversial?

The distinction between trigger points and acupuncture points for the relief of pain is blurred. The debated distinction between dry needling and acupuncture has become a controversy because it relates to an issue of scope of practice of various professions.

Can dry needling make things worse?

Some uncommon, sub-1% adverse effects included aggravation of symptoms, headache, nausea, shaking, itching, and numbness. “Aggravation of symptoms” is one of the most important considerations from the patient perspective (and the least likely to be known/reported by practitioners).

How often should you get dry needling?

How many sessions of dry needling will I need? Results’ dry needling patients average 2-3 sessions, and will not use more than 5-6 except in rare circumstances. Often we will use dry needling once or twice per week out of 2-3 visits.

Why is dry needling so painful?

The needle elicits a local twitch response followed by the relaxation of the muscle. There may be a cramping, aching sensation or slight discomfort that lasts a few seconds. Electrical stimulation can be applied to the needles to bring even more blood flow to the tissues and relax the muscle tissue.

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Does dry needling really work?

Dry needling can be used for a wide variety of musculoskeletal issues, such as shoulder, neck, heel, hip and back pain. While research indicates dry needling is a safe and effective approach for treating and managing pain, some insurance companies may not reimburse for the procedure.

Why is dry needling so effective?

Dry needling for acute or chronic pain targets trigger points that develop within stressed muscles. The needle can stimulate them to release so that the muscle can return to normal mobility with less pain.

Is dry needling placebo?

Some studies have found patients report immediate or short-term improvements in pain, but others have found that dry needling is rarely more effective than other treatment modalities – and is likely just a placebo.