Do you know what the difference is?
We’ve created a table overview of the main differences below.
|Traditional Chinese system of healing based on energy concepts||Intervention used to relieve muscle pain (part of myofascial pain management)|
|Theoretical constructs built around meridian concept||Theoretical constructs built around trigger point concept|
|Tools include needles, moxibustion, finger pressure||Tools include syringe needles, local aneasthetic (wet needling)|
|Multiple insertion sites along meridian lines.||Insertion of needles focuses on trigger point zone.|
|Mechanism of pain relief from classical acupuncture associated with endorphin response from CNS.*||Mechanism of pain relief from dry needling are associated with nociceptive input from muscle around the motor endplate.|
|After needle insertion, periodic stimulation of points by needle occurs by twirling/tapping. Multiple needles inserted and remain in situ for several minutes.||Post needle insertion, a fanning technique is used to elicit and exhaust muscle twitch responses. A single needle is used to deactivate ’hotspots’ and treatment is shorter, often lasting less than 5 minutes.|
* High correlation between acupuncture pain points and myofascial trigger points (70%).