Dry Needling vs Acupuncture
Dry needling aims for trigger points and knotted muscle fibers. It acts via the release of endorphins and serum cortisol but also achieves pain relief and biomechanical function by deactivating the trigger points at the muscle cellular level.
Acupuncture employs and is based on the meridian system. It achieves pain relief through the release of endorphins and creating balance in the body's energy levels. Acupuncture can have an anti-inflammatory effect through the release of serum cortisol.
The needle is only inserted a few millimeters into the skin, reaching the epidermal layer but avoiding the muscle or bone. This method of needling targets the sensorimotor system: the needle changes the sensory input, therefore changing the motor output. Pain can be significantly altered as well.
Level 1 $20
Level 2 $50
Deep dry needling is a higher-skilled method of needling that targets the muscle directly. In some areas of the body, manually manipulating a particular muscle can be challenging depending on the location of the target muscle and the tissues that are surrounding the target muscle. Deep dry needling allows clinicians to get into the target muscle to create a change in pain perception, impact scar tissue or relax/ decrease tightness.
Level 2 $50
Level 3 $75
Dec 20, 2021, 6:06 PM
Dr Ferguson did dry needling on my lower back. It was the first time I had dry needling done. It didn’t hurt at all. I got home and was totally energized! Not sure if it was a coincidence or not but I would certainly do it again and recommend to anyone who’s considering it!