Patriot Chiropractic Center   

Dr. Steven Bernabeu & Dr. Gina Simonetti

Acupuncture and Dry Needling:

Acupuncture and dry needling are treatments involving thin needles placed in the skin by a certified or licensed professional. Although they seem similar, they have differences in technique and benefits for the body.


Acupuncture vs. Dry Needling

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique performed by a licensed professional that is used to balance the flow of life energy or force known as qi (often spelled “chi” and pronounced “chee”) that moves through the meridians of the body. It is used to rebalance the body to establish proper energy flow and overall body wellness. In addition, acupuncture can be used to treat many types of pain resulting from neurological or musculoskeletal conditions. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through the skin at specific points of the body to stimulate the body’s meridians, nerves, muscles, and connective tissues.


Dry needling is a technique used for the treatment of pain and movement impairments. This technique is performed by a certified or licensed professional and uses thin needles inserted through the skin into areas of muscle to relieve pain or spasms. The dry needling procedure is commonly referred to as trigger point needling and/or intramuscular manual therapy. Dry needling is not the same procedure as acupuncture and is considered to be an alternative Western medical technique.


International Academy of Medical Acupuncture Certificate:

All acupuncture and dry needling services are considered self-pay services.

For more information on acupuncture services, please contact our office.