Its the same thing! Acupuncture needles are solid thus “dry, versus hypodermic needles that can inject or draw fluids through them thus "wet". The main difference, however, is in the point systems used and how the needles are used as well as what the experience of the practitioner using them is. Not all “acupuncturists” are created equal.


Some proclaimed "Dry Needling" practitioners have as few as 100 hours of training and are then given a “certificate” in Dry Needling. These practitioners are usually chiropractors, physical therapists, MDs, or DOs.

Dry needling is made up of 5 main systems of needling. These systems are Chinese Acupuncture, Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Motor Point Therapy, Neurological Point Therapy.


A “licensed acupuncturist” (L.Ac) is required to have a minimum of 4 years (nearly 3,700+ hours) of training in the art and techniques of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. To practice in the State of Colorado, licensed acupuncturists must sit for an extensive national board exam (total of 5 tests) given by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), then meet the requirements of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) to qualify for state licensure.


The type of practitioner you choose for your care is certainly up to you. Many of the practitioners that simply hold a certificate in dry needling (DC's, PT's, MD's, DO's) can most definitely learn to be skillful in the art of dry needling and possibly the very complex ancient Oriental “meridian” therapy, but true competency comes from a thorough education and years of daily practice, not just occasional use. Our practitioners at Element 6 have studied and continue to study all 5 systems of Dry Needling


Take charge of your health by asking questions and checking credentials when selecting a practitioner for your care.



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