Last year I completed an acupuncture course for Sports Injuries. So I thought I’d give you a simple incite into what I did and what acupuncture/dry needling is and does, enjoy!
Acupuncture vs Dry Needling – what is the difference?
Acupuncture is a treatment which falls into the scope of traditional Chinese medicine, and is based on the belief that health and wellbeing is determined by a balanced flow of chi; where blockages and imbalances of chi result in pain and illness.
Dry needling is predominantly used by Western medical practitioners, using acupuncture-like needles to treat conditions affecting the neuromuscular system, with theories based on modern neuroanatomy science. However I’m not getting into anything too deep, because when it comes down to it – they both involve treatment with needles!
The thought of needles being put into your body can be a bit unnerving, but they are very fine and have been designed to cause little discomfort. Some people even find it quite relaxing! If you have a phobia of needles, this probably isn’t for you. However, if you can get over the initial fear then why not give it a go?
What does it do?
In the realms of sports injury and rehabilitation, acupuncture is commonly used to treat muscular pain, tightness (trigger points), and injury. However, needles are not always placed directly on the site of the problem (which I thought was strange to begin with too!).
This is because of ‘meridians’. Meridians are said to be ‘lines’ that connect through the entirety of our body, and may link headaches to a problem in your calves. For example, if you have a problem in your back, the problem could be coming from something tight/injured/not working efficiently further up or down on that meridian. So the practitioner will likely put needles into the problem area as well as somewhere further up or down the line – depending on your individual problems and requirements.
I won’t go into it any further because it gets complicated – and I want to keep it simple! But if you are interested, below is an image of the meridians and where they go to and from.
Acupuncture is also used to treat other non-musculoskeletal problems, ranging from headaches, IBS, fatigue, anxiety and depression among many others. There’s lots of information out there on the internet, so feel free to have a look for yourselves! Just be aware that some websites and sources are more credible and reliable than others.
Here are some photo’s of what I did on the course, and what you might expect if you have never had acupuncture/dry needling before!
Thank you for reading. Feel free to leave comments on your experiences, or contact me if you’d like more information or to book an appointment for yourself! As always – keep it simple!