Western Medical Acupuncture

What is medical acupuncture?

This type of acupuncture is used following a medical diagnosis and involves the insertion of fine needles under the skin to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes in the body by producing natural pain-relieving endorphins and improving pain modulation.

Medical acupuncture is used to help the symptoms of muscular disorders, reduce pain and inflammation, and aid the body’s recovery alongside other treatment modalities. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended acupuncture for the treatment of:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Chronic pain
  • Neck pain
  • Joint pain
  • Postoperative pain

NB. Although acupuncture is generally safe and often recommended during pregnancy, certain acupuncture points are not advised during pregnancy. This will be discussed prior to your appointment if you are pregnant.

The list above is limited by the current rules governing advertising and their interpretation. If you have a question about the possible use of acupuncture in a specific medical condition, please contact me.

I use acupuncture in my practice as an adjunct to massage and exercise rehabilitation. It can help with restrictions around joints and in tight painful muscles, helping the return to fitness and sporting goals.

Every patient will have an initial assessment, followed by a course of treatment suitable for the condition. I will assess your history carefully and treatment will be tailored to your needs at that time. Treatment is usually provided in six consecutive appointments, or less if your condition responds quickly. If I feel that your condition can not be treated with acupuncture, I will recommend you see your GP or an appropriate specialist.

What happens during a session?

Acupuncture treatment involves fine needles being inserted through the skin and briefly left in position for optimal therapeutic effect, using current knowledge of physiology, anatomy, and pathology. The number of needles varies but may be only two or three. People often report a pleasurable and relaxing sensation with acupuncture. There are very few reported complications with acupuncture and i will discuss these with you on the day before your session.

Acupuncture may be used for musculoskeletal manifestations of pain; mainly ‘trigger point technique’. This is when a needle is inserted to a tight or tender point or “knot” in a muscle to alleviate pain. I will assess your case and treatment will be tailored to your needs. Needles will never be introduced to a treatment session without your prior consent. Following assessment of your symptoms a needle will gently be inserted into specific areas that are thought to be causing the pain. This may be locally, or away from the sight of injury if it is thought that pain is being referred from structures elsewhere. Gentle movement of the needle will occur during the treatment in order to achieve the desired response.