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Dry neeling is not acupuncture, using dry needling and claiming it is acupuncture is taking money under false pretenses

dry needling is not acupuncture

Traditional acupuncture

Acupuncture is a complete system of medicine and require a long training; minimum 3 years full time
Evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture has been found for 117 conditions, with stronger evidence for acupuncture’s effectiveness for some conditions than others. Acupuncture is considered safe in the hands of a well-trained practitioner and has been found to be cost effective for some conditions. The quality and quantity of research into acupuncture’s effectiveness is increasing.
Acupuncturists in this country belong to professional associations and are a well regulated profession, they are covered by comprehensive insurances, and are well trained in safety and infection control.
They are subject to mandatory continuous professional devlopment
Meta-analyses of acupuncture data received for a total of 20,827 patients from 39 trials conclude that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain, with treatment effects persisting over time. Acupuncture is currently one of the most widely studied medical interventions, and much of the literature used to justify the clinical legitimacy of dry needling is drawn from acupuncture research studies.

Dry Needling

Dry needling is a simple technique designed to relieve tightness and pain in muscles.
It is usually taught in one or two week end course
Research supporting the use of dry needling is limited. Most of the existing research for dry needling supports the practice for relieving mild to moderate muscle pain
There is no existing professional regulation for dry needling, no known standards for safety, infection control, CPD and insurance; osteopaths and physios using dry needling are not necessarily covered for dry needling.
It is often very difficult to tell whether a practitioner has been trained, has adequate experience, or is performing the procedure correctly
Physical therapists (osteopath, chiropractor, have recognised the benefits of acupuncture in its modern representation as dry needling in fact that they are attempting to use acupuncture and rename it as a physical therapy technique

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