Many practitioners of Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN) assert that their treatment methods are entirely different from the methods of Acupuncture in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
To begin, TDN and TCM acupuncture have a great deal of similarity. Both methods utilize thin, sterile needles, called filiform (or acupuncture) needles. In both methods, filiform needles are inserted into the skin and muscle layers and are the primary tool used to provoke a change in the patient's body.
When inserted, filiform needles have been shown to stimulate muscular neurons and neuro-vascular complexes in the body, thereby provoking the body into changing its current functional state. To get more details on dry needling therapy visit www.physio.family.
Another commonality is that both acupuncture and TDN treatments are often based on palpating areas of tension to find the best or most appropriate points for treatment. A palpation method is almost always done before TDN treatment and with a TCM acupuncture approach.
After appropriate points are found, both methods use acupuncture needles to release areas of tension with a variety of needling techniques.
TDN practitioners will generally locate points based on a specific muscle's anatomy and about the muscle belly, insertion, and attachment points. In addition, muscle function and range of action are considered when selecting points.
To start, TCM practitioners will look for pain syndromes and how they relate to the meridian or channel system. As such, many TCM practitioners use an anatomical model for point selection in much the same way as TDN practitioners.