Seperated by Continents but not by Science? How could that be????
Could it be that Acupuncture and Dry Needling are actually either side of the same coin lets find out!
I came across a paper recently that definitely deserved some recognition. I'm working on a blog post about the similarities between dry needling and Acupuncture and thought I would fill you in before the full piece comes out.
In short , its now thought that both acupuncture and trigger point therapy are more similar to what was once thought. Despite the two disciplines being seperated by vast continents and cultures, they might actually share and work on the same physiological principles. Briefly speaking the similarities that are most pertinent are 1: they both use the same method of infiltration, acupuncture needles 2. The energetic pain maps of acupuncture share such a close resemblance to that of dry needling maps, as much as an 80% correspondence . 3. That both therapies are likely to involve the connective tissue fascia for their improvements in pain and disability with cell biologist research Langevin spearheading this front.
If both Therapies represent the same physiological phenomenon i.e "a sort of focal lesion of muscle /fascia (for lack of a better term)", but are categorized under a different name both therapies pretty much conclude one another. In the case of acupuncture an Acupoint and in the case of dry needling a trigger point. With a quick search of the public literature under PubMed Both points have been almost conclusively verified by ultrasonography, mri, thermal finding and EMG studies. In each case, the points have been labelled under either of those two terms claiming that the experimental evidence provides evidence for the existence of these points. But if anyone has been following what has been going on in america they'll know the two disciplines are completely split up. Wholly seperated from one another both by opinions and by their respective associations. To watch a funny little skit about the whole thing I recommend watching this YouTube video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygtOBE_qkZ0 . gives some context to the whole thing and you will see a whole barrage of comments illustrating just how much conflict is occuring.
Stay tuned for a full post on the matter but for now feel free to have a nose at some other blog posts about it. heres a few links : http://aim.bmj.com/content/33/6/485
Dorscher P (2008 ) "Can Classical Acupuncture Points and Trigger Points Be Compared in the Treatment of Pain Disorders? Birch’s Analysis Revisited" Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine Volume 14 Issue 4
Caolan here. Im a curious man to say the least and as an enthusiastic enrolling physiotherapy student. I have felt the need to share my thoughts and conclusions on the topic that is pain. Its something that will effect us all. Above all its very mysterious, misunderstood and complicated one and Im here to figure out more.