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What is dry needling? How is it different from acupuncture?

Dry needling and acupuncture both use acupuncture needles. Dry needling requires slightly thicker needles and with dry needling your Physiotherapist inserts the needle in and out, in and out, a “peppering like technique “ to release tight muscles, fascia and trigger points to help decrease pain and or tightness. Dry needling is performed by physiotherapists and it is based on neuro-anatomy. Dry needling can only be performed on chronic injuries.  Why? You don’t want to have dry needling on a bruise or on swelling, not nice! 

Acupuncture uses acupuncture points and the needles stay stationary once inserted, and there is an option to add electrical stimulation on the needles. Acupuncture can be used on acute or chronic injuries. 

At Cordova Physiotherapy we don’t charge extra for dry needling! It’s part of your regular Physiotherapy session! Ask for Liza Cordova for an appointment.

Dry Needling

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