MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE
FOR PAIN RELIEF

Medical acupuncture treatment

Medical acupuncture (1st session) - £36

Medical acupuncture (follow-up sessions) - £30

Dry Needling involves inserting very fine, sterile needles into dysfunctional tissues in order to improve and restore function. This may include needling of myofascial trigger points, periosteum and other soft tissues.

Western acupuncture utilises some meridian points but applies it to ‘western’ reasoning with particular consideration to relevant neurophysiology and anatomy. It does not utilise any traditional Chinese medicine assessment methods or paradigms. Points are stimulated to create local, spinal segmental or supra-spinal pain modulating effects.

How does it work?

People experience acupuncture needling differently. Most clients feel no pain as the needles are inserted. Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid and are made from stainless steel. The point is smooth (not hollow with cutting edges like a hypodermic needle) and insertion through the skin is not as painful as injections or blood sampling. The risk of bruising and skin irritation is very small. There is no risk of infection from the treatments.

Stimulation of the nervous system releases chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals (including endorphins and serotonin) will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system.

Treatment might be once a week to begin with, then at longer intervals as the condition responds. A typical course of treatment lasts 6 to 8 sessions.

The World Health Organisation recognises the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including: Neurological and muscular disorders. headaches, trigger points, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendinitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis. Acupuncture is particularly useful in resolving physical problems related to tension, stress and emotional conditions.

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