We often get asked, what is the difference between acupuncture and other forms of needling?
The truth is, acupuncture is an umbrella category that includes all needling styles.
Some of these are:
- orthopedic techniques commonly associated with pain relief - sometimes called trigger point needling, dry needling or intramuscular stimulation (IMS)
- subcutaneous needling - as in Japanese / Hara styles
- micro-needling - such as auricular acupuncture, Koryo / Korean hand acupuncture, and cosmetic acupuncture or facial rejuvenation
- electroacupuncture or electro-stim
- needle free options such as magnets, ear seeds, tapping or acupressure
- and other modern and classical methods.
None of these needling styles is unilaterally better than any other, they all have their time and place where they may be more appropriate. Our acupuncturists practice all of the above methods, and are happy to discuss which option may be right for you.