Dry needling and cupping are alternative forms of treatment used to lower discomfort, but which one is ultimately better for muscle relief? 

Cupping vs Dry Needling

Muscle discomfort comes in many forms, whether it’s pain, tension, or tightness, these are common complaints that many individuals endure at some point in their lives. Alternative treatments like dry needling and cupping are forms of therapy that individuals explore as a way to lower discomfort, but which one is ultimately better for muscle relief? Their application differs in its techniques and mechanism, but both help to reduce muscular discomfort and promote relaxation.


Dry needling is a form of therapy that involves the use of thin needles entering into trigger points of a muscle, it allows a change in perception within the tissues in order to release tension, promote relaxation, and increase movement. While there’s no concrete evidence that identifies what truly creates this effect, it is suggested that dry needling deactivates trigger points that cause pain and stiffness.

Whats better cupping or dry needling


Cupping therapy is the use of suction cups applied to the skin, raising the superficial muscle layers in order to promote better circulation and alleviate tension within a muscle. Cupping allows for a more broader relief within the target area, helping to promote more blood flow and allow a more effective healing process to decrease pain, tension and range of motion.

What's better Cupping or Dry Needling

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Deciding between the two doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s good to consider your own preferences when collaborating with a health professional to reach your desired goal. Some might find needling more effective in reaching specific trigger points, whereas others might prefer a more broad target range. Ultimately, it’s a matter of preference and will vary depending on each individual.


Here at Fortitude Chiropractic, we offer these therapies and many others to help support your well-being. Our experienced team aligns with your preferences, offering a holistic approach to set you on the right path.

Get in touch with our team on (08) 6184 8835 to find out more, or book online and start feeling better today!