Surrey Sussex Osteopathy
What is Medical Acupuncture?
Western medical acupuncture is a therapeutic modality involving the insertion of fine needles; it is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence based medicine. There is no Eastern philosophy of Ying/Yang or the description of the flow of energy, that’s not to say they are wrong. It is just we use other rationales to justify our treatment protocol. It is mainly used to treat musculoskeletal pain, including myofascial trigger point pain. It is also effective for postoperative pain and nausea.
Medical acupuncture involves fine needles being inserted through the skin and briefly left in position. Sometimes manual stimulation is applied to assist the process. The number of needles used varies; it may only be two or three. Each patient will be assessed and treatment will be tailored to the individual. Medical acupuncture stimulates the nerves in the skin and muscle, and can produce a variety of effects. We know that dry needling increases the body’s release of natural painkillers i.e. endorphin and serotonin – in the pain pathways of both spinal cord and the brain. This modifies the way pain signals are received.
What are the benefits?
- Provide short term relief for Chronic lower back pain and neck pain
- Help manage Knee pain caused by Osteoarthritis
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