The different types of acupuncture

Are you seeking an alternative and long lasting way to reduce your lower back or knee pains? Maybe you’re looking for a way to quit smoking for good? Acupuncture is your solution!

It’s a safe and easy solution that can change the way you live your everyday life.  If this is something new you’re exploring and you’re unsure of what to try, we put together dry needling vs. acupuncture to see which one is best for your needs.

Dry Needling

Dry needling is also known as intramuscular stimulation. A practitioner will insert needles into patients skin. No liquids are injected into the body; that’s why it’s called “dry.”

Unlike acupuncture, dry needling focus on targeting the trigger points in the body or tissue. These areas are where the muscles are tense or feel knotted for people. Once the needle is inserted into these areas, it releases the tension.

The needles don’t remain for long periods. They are removed after the partitioner feels the body’s pain has been relieved.

The benefits of dry needling

Dry needling is used to help provide relief from muscle pain or stiffness. Physical therapists use the technique to help with sports injuries. There is no further research conducted that proves there are other benefits.

If we were to rank dry needling vs acupuncture in benefits, acupuncture would come out victorious. There is still more research that needs to be conducted to learn more benefits of dry needling.


Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine procedure that inserts needles into specific points in the body. They target chi points that are blocked or interrupted. You feel little to no pain during this process.

When the needles hit certain points in the body they send a signal to the nervous system for the body to react and respond. The body will circulate blood in that area or heal a wound.

The benefits of acupuncture

When you put the benefits of dry needling vs. acupuncture, acupuncture has the upper hand. Research has found several more benefits that acupuncture can bring.

Help with migraines and headaches

Research has found that acupuncture helps reduce headaches and migraines in people who suffer from them. How this works is the needles are placed in specific locations in the body that can release hormones causing the body to respond.

Relieves body pains

If you frequently struggle from pains in your body, acupuncture is proven to help bring relief. From knee, lower back and neck pains acupuncture does it all! In a 2012 study, researchers found that having acupuncture performed on people with pain was better than receiving nothing.

Help to quit smoking cigarettes.

Yes, acupuncture can even help those who are looking to quit smoking. Acupuncture is an alternative way to treat side effects of quitting. Usually, people feel fatigue or irritability when they don’t smoke. There is prescription medication to help fight the side effects, but it’s not always tolerable for people.

At the end of the day the benefits you’re seeking will determine the type of acupuncture you will receive. At Wisniewski Chiropractic, we offer an acupuncture service that can help you with your body aches, migraines and headaches. Set your appointment with us today!

We’re Wisniewski Chiropractic, part of the Thrive Wellness network. Nearing our third year in our current location, we’re excited to continue bringing you personalized care and support for your wellness journey. Dr. Wisniewski is an expert in chiropractic care. We believe in healthcare that relies less on medication and more on  prevention through the use of proper diet, exercise and patient education. Our chiropractic services follow a three-part plan: relieve your pain first, address the root cause, and make a plan for your future wellness.