Dry needling Brisbane
6 things Brisbane people need to know about dry needling
Dry needling Brisbane has become a popular therapy for people suffering from pain, especially pain that arises in muscles and joints like elbows, knees, hips and ankles.
And there’s a great reason for that. This therapy does work.
What is dry needling?
Many Brisbane people contact us with the question, “What is dry needling?”
It involves the insertion of fine acupuncture needles into points on the body to bring about pain relief.
If that sounds similar to another therapy, you’re right.
How does dry needling work?
Many Brisbane people also ask us, “How does dry needling work?”
Dry needling is based on the concept of trigger points.
These are small points in the body that develop in muscles that are overly tight.
Needling into trigger points causes a muscular twitch or an ache, which is a sign that the muscle is loosening.
Because tightness causes pain, and the needle causes the trigger point to ‘deactivate’ and the muscle to loosen, pain lowers.
What’s interesting to acupuncturists is the proponents of dry needling use the same language as acupuncturists: needles, points, pain.
In fact, they use the same tools as acupuncturists (acupuncture needles), using the same concepts as acupuncturists (points in the body) to bring about the same effect (pain relief).
Also, the achiness and twitching brought on by dry needling is the type of thing acupuncturists actively seek during many needling techniques. And we’ve been seeking these responses for two millennia.
So if you’re thinking the two therapies are the same thing, you’re correct.
But, there’s got to be a difference between dry needling and acupuncture, hasn’t there?
What’s the difference between dry needling and acupuncture?
Many dry needling Brisbane therapists say their use of acupuncture needles is completely different to acupuncture, but as you can already see, it’s not.
Others say they don’t use acupuncture needles. Instead, they say they use filiform needles.
But in reality, filiform is the medical term introduced by the West about 50 years ago to describe an acupuncture needle.
They are one and the same thing.
And in Australia, what’s really weird is that many dry needlers use a different term for acupuncture needles: ‘filament needles’.
‘Filiform needle’ and ‘acupuncture needle’ are the terms most used by dry needlers outside our country.
Also, dry needlers usually say the difference between dry needling and acupuncture lies in the concepts of Qi and meridians, which they don’t recognise.
They reckon they don’t needle into meridians or acupuncture points. Instead, they just needle into muscles.
But their assertions clearly demonstrate a lack of knowledge about acupuncture.
Most proponents of dry needling are not aware there are more meridians in the body than the 12 ‘main’ meridians that most people have heard about.
When it comes to pain relief, acupuncturists also work 12 completely different meridians, called the tendino-muscular meridians. These are known as “Jing Jin” in Chinese.
Unlike the 12 main meridians, the Jing Jin aren’t fine lines.
Rather, they are wide, encompassing all the muscles and tendons of the body.
And unlike the 12 main meridians, Jing Jin have no defined acupuncture points.
Since 100BCE, acupuncturists have been needling into painful spots in the Jing Jin to bring about pain relief along the pathways of the tendino-muscular meridians.
To find these painful spots, acupuncturists palpate (press into) the muscles along the course of the Jing Jin.
When the paitient says ‘oh yes’, the acupuncturist needles into the painful spot.
The needling is precise, and the needles don’t stay in for long.
This is exactly the same technique that dry needlers use to locate trigger points and ‘deactivate’ them.
On the one hand, scientists and Western medical practitioners are demanding that acupuncture moves away from it’s concepts of Qi, Yin and Yang, and offers scientific explanations and proof of how it works.
Dry needling offers a great explanation that does just that.
But rather than associate such explanations with acupuncture, many dry needlers are instead trying to calve out and create a new therapy.
And they’ve been doing that throughout the globe. Take a look at this succinct report in a US newspaper.
Dry needling isn’t new. Its explanations on how it works, however, are.
This form of acupuncture is only one of many acupuncture techniques used by qualified acupuncturists for more than 2000 years to bring about pain relief.
There are many other acupuncture techniques for pain that offer equally great, if not better, results.
So ‘dry needling’ is only one technique of acupuncture offered by our acupuncture / dry needling Brisbane therapists at Soothe Holland Park.
Dry needling vs acupuncture: one major difference you need to know about
OK we admit it. There is one big difference between dry needling and acupuncture.
It’s three years, 363 days.
“Pardon?” you may ask.
Acupuncturists like ours must study acupuncture for four years full time to be qualified and registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.
The CMBA is the acupuncture ‘arm’ of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
Dry needlers only have to study dry needling for two days.
Yes, you read that correctly. Two (2) days.
Dry needling vs acupuncture? The big difference between both therapies is three years, 363 days.
Dry needling dangers
When you get acupuncture from someone who isn’t an acupuncturist (that is, a dry needler), you are placing your hands in a therapist who may have only received two days of dry needling training.
In the hands of a registered acupuncturist, acupuncture is considered a safe therapy.
That’s because acupuncturists have had four years of full time training in the field.
Some dry needling dangers include:
- nerve damage
- lung collapse (pneumothorax)
While these dangers also exist for acupuncture, acupuncturists learn techniques in their four years of study to minimise the chances of these from occurring.
Dry needling benefits
Now that we have established that both therapies are the same thing, let’s change this around from “dry needling benefits” to “acupuncture benefits”.
Needling into the sore spots of muscles serves to unwind tight muscle fibres, which in turn loosens muscular tightness.
Tight muscles cause pain. So loosening tightness reduces pain.
Contact us or make an appointment to find out more
If you’d like to know more about acupuncture or dry needling, don’t hesitate to:
We’re only too happy to chat.
Also, consider reading our page Acupuncture for pain relief.
There, we offer more information on how acupuncture might help you reduce the pain you’re experiencing.
And of course, every claim we make is backed by the highest grade of clinical research: systemic reviews.
Why not book into our acupuncture / dry needling Brisbane clinic today?