Dry Needling versus Acupuncture: The Ongoing Debate

  title={Dry Needling versus Acupuncture: The Ongoing Debate},
  author={Kehua Zhou and Yan Ma and Michael S. Brogan},
  journal={Acupuncture in Medicine},
  pages={485 - 490}
Although Western medical acupuncture (WMA) is commonly practised in the UK, a particular approach called dry needling (DN) is becoming increasingly popular in other countries. The legitimacy of the use of DN by conventional non-physician healthcare professionals is questioned by acupuncturists. This article describes the ongoing debate over the practice of DN between physical therapists and acupuncturists, with a particular emphasis on the USA. DN and acupuncture share many similarities but may… 

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