The short answer is no. Dry Needling is simply one technique an acupuncturist may use in the right setting.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese practice dating back thousands of years. Acupuncture offers a unique approach to health and can aid in a wide range of conditions, applied only after an in-depth consultation and consideration of the specific points in the body that need attention. To become a qualified and certified acupuncturist in Australia, one must study for approximately four years and continue to upskill every year. To get skilled in Dry Needling, however, one need only complete (usually) a two-to-three-day training program.
Acupuncturists draw upon a range of needling techniques. Dry needling is a relatively new term and relates to one type of needling technique that a qualified acupuncturist may employ. Dry Needling is also known as trigger point acupuncture or ashi acupuncture. If you are only getting Dry Needling, you are missing out on all an acupuncturist has to offer.
To learn more about the ancient practice of acupuncture, why not head to the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association website.