Physical therapist Randy Hernandez of the Movement Science Center says one of the biggest differences between the two is that acupuncture uses meridians (invisible energy pathways that are the basis of traditional Chinese medicine). In this philosophy, needles might be placed in the hand to treat an ailment in another part of the body. This is not the case for dry needling.
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