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Acupuncture / Dry Needling

Acupuncture and dry needling are 2 forms of modalities that help a great deal with the healing process.    The do this by improving the blood circulation to the parts of the body that need them.   There are many other medical uses for these needling techniques besides healing (i.e. stimulation of organ function, allergy remedy, smoking cessation, etc).

Acupuncture (Eastern medicine)

  • typically stimulate meridians—energy pathways in our body—which harmonizes energy flow
  • can also be placed in ashi points (trigger points)
  • improves blood flow
  • needles are left in for a period of time (10-20 minutes)
  • more comfortable sensation then dry needling

Dry Needling (Western medicine)

  • typically stimulate motor—where the majority of the muscle is energized by the nerve—or trigger points—hyperactive/dense entangled tissue—in the body
  • needles are pistoned in and out of tissue for usually only a minute or less
  • reduces overall tissue tension
  • can be more uncomfortable

Who is a good candidate for Acupuncture / Dry Needling?

Almost anyone can get acupuncture/dry needling—young or mature.

Some concerns would be persons with bleeding disorders, pregnancy, fear of needles, or poor skin integrity.

Works Great for Treating:

  • Chronic (long-standing) and acute injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Painful trigger points
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tennis/golfer’s elbow
  • Many other conditions


Matt Welsh, MScPT, Physiotherapist