Western Medical Acupuncture
What is Western Medical Acupuncture?
A therapeutic treatment using the insertion of fine needles. It combines evidence-based medicine principles alongside current anatomy, physiology and pathology, its beginnings are from Chinese origin. The needles are inserted through the skin and are left in-situ for a few minutes. The number of needles varies but can be as few as two or three.
How Does Western Medical Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle. This has been shown to increase the release of serotonin and endorphins which can alter the way pain signals are received by the brain. This can have a knock on effect to help reduce muscle tension and reduce localised inflammation around the site where the needle was inserted.
What are the Benefits of Western Medical Acupuncture (Dry Needling)?
Acupuncture is shown to reduce symptoms such as pain and swelling by reducing the amount of nerve stimulation in an area.
Patients who have Western Medical Acupuncture report it helps them with:
What can Western Medical Acupuncture be Used for?
Acupuncture can be used to treat a range of conditions. There is strong evidence endorsing acupuncture in the short term relief of:
The needles can be inserted into muscles, ligaments and tendons to help reduce issues within these structures.
Who Can Benefit from Western Medical Acupuncture?
Anyone can benefit from acupuncture, it is a gentle, non-invasive form of treatment. At our clinic we don’t offer acupuncture for children but anyone over the age of 16 to elderly can be considered a candidate.
Your practitioner will take a case history to help decide whether they think you will be suitable to receive treatment.