Western acupuncture utilises meridian points, however, applies these points to western medical reasoning with particular consideration to neurophysiology and anatomy. Western acupuncture does not utilise any traditional Chinese medicine assessment methods or paradigms.
Dry Needling is targeted towards altered or dysfunctional tissue in order to improve or restore function. This may include the release of active trigger points in muscles where there is a palpable taut band due to an overall increase in tension in the muscle fibres. Active trigger points have been shown to significantly contribute to muscle imbalances and pain in many musculoskeletal disorders.
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