Dry Needling

Do Acupuncture and Dry Needling Have to Hurt?

By Robert Keller | April 9, 2022
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It has recently come to my attention that some of my patients avoid, or at least delay, coming to see me for help with pain conditions because they don’t like the discomfort of local acupuncture or dry needling.  People have always joked about this and I could easily understand and commiserate. But I always thought […]

Differences between Dry Needling and Acupuncture

By Robert Keller | October 9, 2021
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I have written previously about the relation between dry and needling acupuncture, and about issues of training and practice. This brief article is intended to briefly highlight the differences between these practices and why incorporate both in my Classical Chinese medicine practice. There are four major differences in technique between dry needling and local acupuncture […]

Intuitive Aspects of Acupuncture and Dry Needling

By Robert Keller | August 24, 2021
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It is commonly discussed amongst acupuncturists that “an acupuncture point does not appear until you need it.” What does this mean? The most common explanation offered is that you only treat points that are necessary; they present with tightness or blockage of some sort. This is valid, but there is a more subtle and nuanced […]

Dry Needling Training, Practice and Licensure

By Robert Keller | August 10, 2021
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I have written previously about the relation between dry needling and acupuncture. My intention in this article is to point out the differences in training and application. Why? Because I’ve often found that when new patients call or come to my office for dry needling, they think they’ve already received dry needling treatment in the […]

Why Dry Needling Makes Sense Within the Framework of Chinese Medicine

By Robert Keller | February 18, 2021
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When I entered my program in 1989, there were only three acupuncture schools on the East Coast of the United States. Acupuncture had been a recognized profession in the U.S. for only nine years then, and licensure in New Jersey had begun in 1983. At the time, the predominant style of acupuncture taught in the […]