Believe it or not, despite the size of the needle, FSN is less painful than other needle therapies. This is due to the way the FSN needle is inserted and manipulated. There are fewer free nerve endings in the subcutaneous layer (between the skin and muscle) where the therapy is restricted to.
That being said, the therapy does still involve the use of a needle and patients are always advised of the possibility of discomfort during the session.
What Is The Difference Between FSN, Dry Needling & Acupuncture?
All of these therapies have their place and no one therapy is better than the other. The FSN needle is restricted to the subcutaneous layer, unlike acupuncture and dry needling, which are both inserted into the muscle
Dry Needling and Acupuncture share the same needles, however FSN is a specially designed needle that has a very unique look and feel and inserted very differently than the other therapies
FSN can be considered a hybrid between Dry Needling and Acupuncture. What sets us apart the most is that since FSN abstains from muscle, patients (and animals) can move freely while the therapy is being performed without discomfort
How Does FSN Work?
FSN works by influencing the fascia, more specifically collagen and elastin fibers within the fascia. The mechanism for acupuncture is the same, however collagen fibers are most abundant in the subcutaneous layer and therefore FSN may have a more powerful effect since it has the ability to influence more of these fibers in the fascia due to the way it is manipulated
Since Fascia and muscle have an extremely close relationship, trigger points are very effectively released even when located in deeper muscles such as the Psoas or quadratus lumborum
Who Can Learn FSN?
Any licensed healthcare provider who can legally perform the act of inserting a needle below the dermis can learn FSN. We train MD’s/DO’s, DVM’s, ND’s, PTs/DPT’s, L.Ac’s/R.Ac’s (and other sublets of Oriental Medicine), NP’s, and other allied healthcare professionals
We offer 2 day training courses that are focused on hands on learning. Our program is designed to train practitioners across the healthcare spectrum no matter what previous training has been undertaken
Can FSN Be Used On Animals?
If you are a licenced doctor of Veterinary medicine, then the answer is yes!
Dry needling and acupuncture are both currently being used nation-wide for bettering equine, feline and canine health. FSN is just another tool to be added to the toolbox as it may be more comfortable for the animal due to the way FSN is inserted and manipulated
Since the animal is free to move without causing pain, many veterinary practices can benefit from using FSN to manage pain and other internal complaints