Dry Needling vs. Acupuncture: What's the Difference, and Which Is Right for You?

The definition of wellness transforms and shifts over time, so much so that it can be a hard business to keep up with. Take it from me. I've been feeling that way ever since I first started to dabble in wellness culture. I was just starting to incorporate more whole grains into my diet when food blogs everywhere proclaimed the benefits of going gluten-free.

Once I finally grasped the meaning of gluten-free (remember, this was long before it was such a common buzzword), the world moved on to the Paleo diet. Then it was the Mediterranean diet and then it was veganism. Add keywords like anti-inflammatory and microbiome and I'm left with a very unclear idea of what constitutes being "well."

Since then I've learned that it's different for everybody. What works for one person fails miserably for the next, and it's all about finding the lifestyle that suits you best and makes you feel great. Life's about balance and being well-rounded, right? I know that to be true as far as diet goes, but I'm still on a learning curve when it comes to certain wellness practices.

There are sensory-deprivation tanks, salt spas, infrared saunas, and more. Then there are certain wellness practices that appear to be kind of the exact same thing—like acupuncture and dry needling. I mean, is there a difference between them? I reached out to experts to explain. As it turns out, there is a difference between acupuncture and dry needling, and it's bigger than we thought.