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Acupuncture or Dry Needling? Whats the point?

The practice of “dry needling” by physiotherapists, massage therapists, chiropractors and other similar professions is on the rise, so it’s important to know the difference and why you should see a CMBA registered Acupuncturist.

Dry needling is simply put, the insertion of acupuncture needles into trigger points and other painful areas In TCM this is known and taught as Ah Shi needling and only one facet of a complete musculo-skeletal treatment.

When visiting a qualified CMBA registered practitioner they will combine Ah Shi needling along with traditional channel theory. In addition CMBA approved acupuncturist may include modern techniques such as Electro Acupuncture, Motor point triggering along with more traditional adjunct therapies of Cupping, Moxabustion and Gua Sha.

Your CMBA Registered Acupuncturist will examine not just the physical symptoms but also address the underlying causes and processes to ensure a more efficient treatment outcome. So make sure at your next appointment that you ask about your practitioner’s qualifications.

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