Medical Acupuncture

(Modern) Medical Acupuncture

Medical acupuncture is a therapeutic technique that involves the insertion of fine filament needles into certain points across the body, such as trigger points, which relax the muscles to improve nerve conduction and blood supply, reduce muscle pain and spasm, improve range of motion, and therefore improve overall function. It is a modern adaptation of the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture.

Medical acupuncture is practiced by osteopaths who are trained in the use of needles and use them as an adjunct to their osteopathic treatment. They will not use them in all cases and when they do it will usually be in combination with manual techniques and rehabilitative exercises to restore function and decrease your symptoms.

It is a very effective technique to resolve stubborn myofascial trigger points, scarring / adhesions deep in the muscle following previous trauma or injury and improve range of movement and reduce pain

The needles are very fine, so it will not feel like having an injection or a blood test, which uses needles with a cutting edge. The sensation varies from person to person. Some people feel a slight sharpness, whereas other people feel nothing at all.

Our Osteopaths Daniel Kay, Isabelle Tomkins and Nagma Chaudhry have all completed certified training courses and are qualified to use medical acupuncture as part of their treatment.