Acupuncture Vs Dry Needling by Mike Reid Naturopath ND, MSc Acupuncture
Many of my clients who are new to acupuncture ask me if there is any difference between acupuncture and dry needling.
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture is best known for pain management from registered acupuncturists. Moreover, as acupuncture is within the body of Chinese medicine it is internal medicine in nature and can treat a wide variety of health issues like infertility, menstrual irregularities, anxiety and depression to name a few.
Dry needling performed by physiotherapists, chiropractors and GP’s has no mandatory regulations. Dry needlers only require a weekend course to insert needles into muscular trigger points.
Acupuncturists are required to have a minimum 4 year degree to become registered. They are trained to use techniques that have been performed and refined over thousands of years.
The term Acupuncture is not protected so any type of needling performed can legally be called acupuncture. However, the term “Acupuncturist” is protected. So always make sure when you are seeking out an acupuncture treatment that it is being performed by a registered acupuncturist.