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Are Acupuncture and Dry Needling the same and do they provide the same therapeutic results? No, they are not the same nor do they provide the same results.


TOM Acupuncture is part of a comprehensive medical system designed to treat disease, injuries, pain, and various other conditions, as well as to prevent disease and to maintain health and well being. Licensed acupuncturists have trained for 4 years after a prerequisite Bachelor's degree. While training includes proper handling and use of needles, the majority is focused on the fundamentals of Traditional Oriental Medicine Theory, diagnosis, treatment planning and application of theory. Students have direct supervision from senior expert practitioners and must undergo and pass multiple stringent exams from National/State Board of Examiners and must also continue pertinent instructional courses and provide proof to maintain their license.

Dry Needling is much different in that it is designed to relieve pain and discomfort by stimulating trigger points or irritable muscles. No license is required and certification can be obtained with 10 hours of online instruction and a 19 hour seminar, and no further "continued education" is required. No regulatory agency controls training, licensure, or supervision for this procedure. With lack of a credentialing board it is difficult to determine if someone is legitimate or satisfactory, therefore, it would be prudent and wise to find a practitioner with postgraduate healthcare education and it is important to keep in mind Dry Needling and Acupuncture are not the same modalities; beware that a practitioner claiming to be an "acupuncturist" may not be a trained licensed acupuncturist. Many Chiropractors, Naturopaths and Physical Therapists practice Dry Needling and some will offer "acupuncture" yet the training is limited and not in depth and is not the same as TOM Acupuncture.

What is IASIS Micro-current Neurofeedback (MCN)?

For more information about IASIS MCN and to learn about a current study being conducted by UCSD in conjunction with the VA, visit the IASIS Technologies website:

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