Is Dry Needling Acupuncture?

Often I am asked what the difference is between the traditional Acupuncture that I practice and 'dry needling' as practiced by other medicalpractitioners such as physiotherapists.

I am a registered member of the British Acupuncture Council. BAcC members practisea traditional, holistic style of acupuncture diagnosis andtreatment based on a system developed and refined over 2,000 years. This style of acupuncture differs from that used by medical practitionerssuch as physiotherapists where the technique of 'dry needling' is adopted.

Although both practisesuse needles, dry needling aims for 'trigger points' whereas traditionalacupuncture is based on the meridian system.Medical acupuncturists usually have significantly fewer training hours in the technique of acupuncture and use it as part of their practice alongsideconventional treatments.

To achieve BAcC membership, practitionersmust first undertake extensive training in acupuncture (minimum three years full-time at BSc or BAdegree level) which includes physiology, anatomy and other biomedical sciences appropriate to the practice of acupuncture and their expertpractice skills are maintained by followinga mandatory individual programme of continuing professional development(CPD). BAcC membership isalso a mark of assurance of high standards in professionalism, training and safety.

TheBritish Acupuncture Council is also accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under its Accredited Voluntary Registers (AVR)scheme. Being accredited under the AVR scheme offers enhanced protectionto anyone looking for an acupuncturist.

(information from the British Acupuncture Council press release for AAW 2016)