Modern (or western) acupuncture is a fast and effective pain relief focused on releasing muscle tension/spasm and pain through treating specific trigger points by reducing the nerve impulse, or stimulating local blood supply, where it may be naturally poor, for instance at the junction between tendons or ligaments and bone. It is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence based medicine. Its practitioners no longer adhere to concepts such as Yin/Yang and circulation of qi, and regard acupuncture as part of conventional medicine.
By inserting fine needles into certain areas of the body the acupuncture can stimulate the body’s own healing response and help restore its natural balance by involving neurochemical and physical processes. As such, it is often a highly useful addition to osteopathic treatment.
Does it Hurt?
The sensation from an acupuncture needle should not feel painful to the patient. Sensations often experienced by patients are tingling, heat or a numb feeling all of which are positive signs of the treatment. Although many patients are nervous about the prospect of needles, the treatment is virtually painless, and many patients fall asleep during treatment.
What does it Treat?
Modern acupuncture can help with any of the following injuries and conditions:
- Back and neck Pain
- Sciatic Pain
- Neck / Shoulder Tension
- Headaches and Migraines
- Shoulder pain
- Sports Injuries
- Osteoarthritis pain
- Hip and Knee pain
- Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI)
- Tennis and Golfers’ Elbow
- Ankle and foot Sprains
- Jaw Pain or related problems
- Postural Strain
If you are unsure whether Acupuncture is suitable for you, please call the clinic on 01923 260535 for free advice.
Rachel is a member of the BMAS (British Medical Acupuncture Society) who observe a strict code of practice and lay down stringent standards of hygiene.