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What is the difference between Dry Needling or IMS and Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is based on the traditional Chinese medicine meridians or energy channels, whereas Dry Needling targets the muscles and the myofascial trigger points. Both utilize the same type of needle, and some physiotherapists are able to provide both styles of needling, though IMS style needling is more common to see in a physio clinic.

Can I still work or play after getting IMS/ Dry Needling?

Definitely! In fact, “life as usual” is often the name of the game. Keeping moving is very helpful for decreasing post-treatment soreness – but maybe don’t do your biggest and heaviest day at the gym that day! Not all movements are made the same, so your physiotherapist will let you know what you can do or what you should avoid that day. It is best however to plan your first time being needled on the same day as a big event, such as a sports competition or big race.

Is there a minimum or maximum age for needling?

The short answer is “no”, but it really depends on the individual. Informed consent is important for any treatment technique, so it’s important that the person receiving the treatment is able to understand the risks, and benefits, and to make an informed decision for themselves on whether it is a technique they wish to try.