The difference between Distal Needle, Motor Point, and Dry Needling  in Acupuncture

The difference between Distal Needle, Motor Point, and Dry Needling  in Acupuncture


Both traditional and modern acupuncture are very effective for reducing pain and discomfort, with additional benefits for muscles, tissues, organs, and more. But there are also many different approaches to acupuncture that we will consider, depending on the cause of the pain, the degree, and the style that we think will be most effective – not only as a treatment, but for your comfort level as well.

Here at Deep Relief Austin, Louisa is highly trained in different needle and acupuncture techniques. If you’re new to the acupuncture world or unclear on the differences, Louisa is more than happy to talk to you about the different options and discuss which treatment is best for your needs.

Three of the styles she may consider are called Distal Needle Acupuncture, Motor Point Acupuncture, and Dry Needling.

These styles have similarities, but differ dramatically in technique and strategy. We will explore the differences below.

  • Distal Needle Acupuncture

Traditional western acupuncture inserts needles in the area of the body most likely to be responsible for pain. Distal needle acupuncture, or DNA, uses points on the limbs, taking advantage of the connection in nerves at the distal region of the body to address pain at the inner portion of the body. DNA can often be completed with clothes on, and requires fewer needles than traditional acupuncture.

  • Motor Point Acupuncture

Unlike distal acupuncture, motor point acupuncture addresses pain near its source. Perfect for sports injuries, motor point acupuncture places needles where the nerve enters the muscle, giving it a jump start that relieves pain and relaxes contracted muscles. Some motor point acupuncture also utilizes trigger points as well, which are pockets of tight muscles responsible for aches and pains.

  • Dry Needling

Dry needling is more of a technique than a style of acupuncture. The term is most often associated with trigger point acupuncture, often administered by a physical therapist or chiropractor, after completing a short certification class, allowing them to use acupuncture. Dry needling, is basically acupuncture administered in a particular way as to release stubborn trigger points, and as the name implies, it uses dry needles, with no anesthetic or medication involved. It is simply an acupuncture needle.

Find Out What Acupuncture Style Is Best For You at Deep Relief Austin!

Louisa is a skilled Austin acupuncturist that is happy to walk you through each different style and let you know what is recommended for your types of pain.

​If you’d like to schedule your appointment or learn more about each treatment, call today at 512-529-0027.

3 Ways Massage Reduces Anxiety and Stress

3 Ways Massage Reduces Anxiety and Stress

We live at a time where tension is everywhere. We see conflict in politics. We see stress at work. We have trouble with finances, relationships, child-rearing, and so much more. We are also less active than we have been at any time in history, all without prioritizing our health and wellness.

​It’s no wonder that chronic tension is such a widespread problem. Here in Austin, over 50% of adults live with significant stress and tension, resulting in poorer health, worse sleep, less energy, significant muscle pain, and so much more.


How Massage Affects Anxiety and Stress:

Addressing your anxiety and stress levels is critical to your long term health and happiness, and while there is no single solution that will successfully melt stress away, there are lifestyle changes that can have an immediate impact.

One such solution is massage.

​Massage – particularly massage therapy carried out by trained specialists – has scientifically proven benefits for those living with stress. Those in Austin, Texas that have found themselves struggling with their tension levels should strongly consider engaging in regular massage therapy, as it has several benefits, here are three:

  1. Releasing of Endorphins – Massage, quite simply, feels good. In fact, it feels so good, that it releases hormones known as “endorphins” that are directly responsible for good moods. When you’re feeling stressed it is often difficult to find significant relief for an extended period of time. Massage triggers the hormones that contribute to that relief.
  2. Releasing of Physical Tension – There is a genuine, scientific link between the mind and body. You know that when you feel stressed your muscles tense. But you may not know that it works the other way around as well – when your muscles are tense, you feel mentally stressed. It is a cycle. Thus massage releases some of the physical tension, which then puts less tension on your mind as well.
  3. It is Relaxing – On a more simplistic level, massage is simply relaxing. Expert touch, combined with an environment that is geared towards your comfort gives you an activity that is simply more enjoyable and less stressful than most other activities that people enjoy.

These are only three of the many benefits of massage therapy.

From the reduction in chronic pain to the potential healing properties that massage provides, there are simply many reasons to consider massage therapy in Austin when you feel you are leading a tension-filled life.

To schedule an appointment with DEEP Relief Austin, please contact us today.