Difference between Dry Needling & Acupuncture

August 13, 2019

You might have asked, “What is the difference between acupuncture and dry needling Dubai services?” A lot of people have also thought about this question. Because the two techniques both use needles, they can easily be confused with each other. Thankfully, this post will put an end to the confusion. Read on to learn more.


The first mention of acupuncture was recorded in the medical text of Huang Di Nei Jing called The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine. It was then further improved during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). As time passed by, acupuncture along with other traditional Chinese medicine came to Japan in the sixth century. Acupuncture finally reached Europe in 1810. It was then in the late 1900s that it came to the US and recognized by the Food and Drug Administration.

Dry needling, on the other hand, has its origin in Western Medicine. While both acupuncture and dry needling use needles, they are not historically related.

The history of dry needling is relatively new. It was only in the early 1940s that it was first proposed. By 1972, the Czech physician, Karel Lewit, further developed the technique “dry” needling. He started to stop using injected wet substance, but simply use dry needles. That’s when “dry” needling came into being.

However, it was Janet G. Travell who originated the term “dry needling” in her book, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction. Dr. Travell would later become the physician of John F. Kennedy. This paves the way for dry needling to become more popular in the United States. Eventually, dry needling came to the UAE and now, a lot of physical therapy clinic offers the service.


Dry needling operates within the principle of using scientific and research-based conclusions. As a Western idea, dry needling has eventually become a common service provided in a Dubai physiotherapy center and other medical institutions. Acupuncture uses the principle of meridians or energy. Acupuncturists believe that a disruption in this energy flow causes ailments and it is through the insertion of needles that balance is restored.


The main aim of acupuncture is to align a person’s chi or energy. By improving the flow and restoring the alignment of the body, acupuncture is said to help the release of endorphins, which in turn decrease pain and promote comfort and relaxation.

Dry needling has a similar objective – that is to improve a person’s well-being, release him/her from pain, and start living a better life. However, dry needling practitioners’ main objective is to release muscular knots and relieve pressure points. By targeting these points, the body can become more relaxed and pain-free.

Furthermore, dry needling is a technique commonly used by physical therapists. This means that patients who undergo dry needling would most likely also receive other types of physiotherapy treatment Dubai services. For this reason, there’s more to dry needling than simply just pricking you with needles.

As an extension of physiotherapy, dry needling helps you reduce muscle tension, improve nerve functions, speed up recovery from injury, increase range of motion, and enhance flexibility. Dry needling is known to help in addressing neck pain, low back pain, migraine, tennis elbow, sciatica, joint dysfunction, spinal problem, and other musculoskeletal issues.

Want to learn more?

Identifying the difference between dry needling and acupuncture is just the first step. While both can be beneficial, you might want to know more about how dry needling can help improve your overall health.

If you are looking for reliable medical professionals who offer dry needling services, then you should give Scandinavian Physiotherapy Center a try. As one of the best physiotherapy clinics in Dubai, they have the necessary skills, facilities, and experience to help you achieve a better level of wellness. Visit them today and see how dry needling and their other excellent services can help you!