Research

Points of Clarification: Delineating the distinction between acupuncture and dry needling for trigger-point pain

By Dimitrios Kostopoulos, PT, MD, PhD, DSc, ECS, and Konstantine Rizopoulos, PT, DPT, MCMT.

Two instrument-assisted means of treating chronic pain conditions due to MyoFascial Trigger Points are acupuncture and trigger-point dry needling. Unfortunately, many therapists confuse the terms acupuncture and dry needling, or use the terms interchangeably. However, a clear and definitive distinction exists between the two modalities, and a distinction must be made to avoid confusion. Hands-On Seminars founders Dr. Kostopoulos and Dr. Rizopoulos expand the horizon of understanding of these techniques by explaining the differences in a thorough manner.

Delineating the distinction between acupuncture and dry needling for trigger-point pain