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What is the difference between acupuncture and dry needling?

Dry needling is a term describing local needling into myo-fascia trigger points.  These are areas in the body which are tender and emanate sensation when needled.  Such techniques have been used as a component of acupuncture since its inception.  Acupuncture can both be used as a localised needling or distal needling.  Local sore points are referred to as ashi points.  These represent something quite similar to trigger points.  Generally, acupuncture will be less sensitive than dry needling, as an acupuncturist will have had extensive training and significant experience.