Frequently Asked Questions about Dry Needling

How is dry needling different from acupuncture?

According to the article "Dry Needling vs. Acupuncture: The Ongoing Debate" by Kehua Zhou, there are many forms of acupuncture. One type of acupuncture is known as Western Medical Acupuncture (WMA). Again, there are several different type of WMA, and dry needling should be considered a subcategory of WMA. The full free access article can be found here

Dry Needling is performed by health care practitioners including athletic trainers, physical therapists, chiropractors, medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy and more. These health care professionals have spent thousands of hours of formal education in anatomy, physiology, neuroanatomy, pathology and differential diagnosis and have taken additional education to be able to perform dry needling.

Every health care professional operates under a national and/ or state license or certification. The state board in which you practice will have information on whether or not dry needling falls into your practice act and if it does, what the requirements are for you to utilize it as a clinician.

Does dry needling hurt?

For the most part, dry needling is a non-painful or minimally painful technique, depending on the type of dry needling that is being done. Structure & Function: Dry Needling is a minimally painful technique, with patient comfort being an emphasis (along with safety) during all treatment sessions.

What are the requirements for me to take the Foundations in Dry Needling for Orthopedic Rehab and Sport Performance?

You have to be a licensed or certified health care practitioner who is allowed to dry needle per your specific practice act, association or board ruling. There are no other specific pre-requisites to take the foundational class offered by Structure & Function. Health care practitioners with no needling experience are welcome to take the foundations class, along with those who have needling experience who are looking to expand their education in dry needling.

Why should I do dry needling education through Structure & Function?

Structure & Function was created by Sue Falsone PT, MS, SCS, ATC, CSCS, COMT, RYT. She has over 20 years of clinical experience which has culminated into a unique practice that has been used successfully and repeatedly with athletes performing at the highest levels of sport. If your clinical practice consists of orthopedic rehab, sports rehab and/or sports performance, Structure & Function: Dry Needling is for you. There are many different schools of thought in dry needling with different approaches and philosophies. We encourage people to explore all of these models to see what fits best for your personal practice and patient population.


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