Physical therapists and Chiropractors who perform Dry Needling do not perform acupuncture. The training is quite different although it uses the same tool, the monofilament needle. All three professions get extensive training in anatomy, physiology, and neurology but the way the needle is used is different.

An acupuncturist determines where to needle based on tongue evaluation, pulse characteristics, patient complaints, and the knowledge of meridians. It is based on Eastern medical diagnosis where Dry Needling is based on Western medical diagnosis. An acupuncturist may incorporate other therapies such as herbal remedies, gua sha, or moxibustion to rebalance the chi or life force of the body.

A chiropractor who performs Dry Needling will utilize standard Western diagnosis also incorporating the Selective Function Movement Assessment, and palpation to determine the areas to apply the needle. When a chiropractor performs Dry Needling, it is based on trigger point therapy, which is a Western term describing the taught band of muscles explored by Janet Travell MD.

The tool is the same, the monofilament needle, but the application is entirely different. It is not an acupuncture needle; it is a filiform needle that may be used in acupuncture and Dry Needling.

Dr. Trent Artichoker

Denver Chiropractic, LLC
3890 Federal Blvd Unit 1
Denver, CO80211