Dr Bahia Al-Salihi

D.C., L.Ac., Dipl. OM, NCCAOM
Specializing in orthopedic acupuncture, sports medicine, and pain relief.

740 Waukegan Road, Suite 107
Deerfield, IL 60015
Phone: 847-400-7598

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What’s the difference between acupuncture and dry needling?

The term “acupuncture” can be used to describe a specific modality or a comprehensive system of medicine.

Modality – The practice of “acupuncture” includes any insertion and/or manipulation of a filiform acupuncture needle for a therapeutic purpose based upon both traditional theoretical understanding and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and nervous system. This practice encompasses interventions described by terminology such as “dry needling,” “motor point needling,” and “myofascial trigger point needling.”

“Acupuncture” as a modality is distinguished from the use of the term to generally describe the system of medicine often referred to as East Asian medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, Oriental medicine, etc., which includes a variety of techniques or therapeutic approaches, including acupuncture, for the promotion and maintenance of health and prevention of disease.

Dry Needling (sometimes also referred to as, “motor point needling,” and “myofascial trigger point needling”)

The term “dry needling” is regarded by ACAHM as synonymous with the definition of Acupuncture as a modality and is a treatment that involves the insertion of thin, non-medicated solid needles into muscles or connective tissues.