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What is Medical Acupuncture?

What is Medical Acupuncture?

Medical Acupuncture (sometime referred to as dry needling) is a treatment which can relieve symptoms of some physical and psychological conditions and may encourage the patient´s body to heal and repair itself, if it is able to do so. It is a very effective treatment for neuromuscular dysfunction. Medical Acupuncture involves inserting fine needles into the skin, dependant on the treatment the needles will be inserted for between 1 and 30 minutes. Overall, it is an adaptation of the Chinese method just using modern up-to-date knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

How it Works

Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle which and can produce a variety of effects. This includes an increase of the body´s natural painkillers – endorphin and serotonin – in the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain. This modifies the way pain signals are received. The needle is manipulated until a twitch response is achieved. This twitch response is an involuntary spinal cord reflex in which muscle fibers in a taut band of muscle contracts, this feels much like a localised muscle cramp often accompanied with a dull ache.

Will it Hurt?

Medical Acupuncture is a very effective treatment for neuromuscular dysfunction. Healthy muscles will feel very little in the way of pain on insertion of a needle. However, muscles that are shortened and have active trigger points will illicit a twitch response. Medical Acupuncture is a fantastic technique in deactivating trigger points, restoring normal length in muscles and significantly reducing pain.

What does it do?

  • Suppresses pain signals by blocking messages between muscle receptors and the central nervous system.
  • Increases blood flow to the area promoting healing.
  • Releases endorphins serotonin (the body’s natural pain killer).

 

Medical Acupuncture can be a superior treatment over massage therapy as practitioners can treat deeper layers of muscle and illicit that twitch response that is otherwise difficult to reach with hands and elbows thus giving immediate relief of symptoms.

 

Are there any possible side effects immediately following treatment?

  • Localised pain (feels like bruising) within the first 24 hours
  • Hematoma
  • Nausea and dizziness
  • Tiredness and relaxation
  • And in extreme cases fainting

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What can Medical Acupuncture help?

  • Muscle strains and spasms
  • Frozen shoulder.
  • Tennis/Golfers elbow.
  • Shin splints.
  • Whiplash
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Joint pain.
  • Sciatica
  • Overuse and repetitive strain injuries.

 

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