What’s the Difference Between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?

Acupuncture vs. Dry needling

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Have you ever heard of dry needling? It’s a technique used by physical therapists that involves inserting a thin needle into trigger points in your muscles to alleviate pain and tension. A 52-hour course is required for physical therapists to perform dry needling.  However, at ERCA, we do not offer this treatment because we believe in the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture.

Acupuncture has been practiced for over 2,500 years and has a long history of success in treating various conditions. A licensed acupuncturist in California takes over 3,000 hours of theoretical and clinical training.  Unlike dry needling, acupuncture is a holistic treatment that considers the whole body, not just the specific areas of pain or tension. By stimulating certain points on the body, acupuncture helps to balance your energy and promote natural healing.

Our trained acupuncturists take into account your entire health history and work to address the underlying causes of your pain, rather than simply targeting the symptoms. Additionally, acupuncture is a gentler and more comfortable experience overall, as our needles are thinner and are often inserted less deeply than those used in dry needling.

If you’re experiencing pain or tension, we encourage you to book an appointment with one of our highly trained acupuncturists. They will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and concerns. At ERCA, we believe in the power of acupuncture to heal and restore your body’s natural balance.

Get to know our acupuncture practice and book your appointment today. 


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