Western 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.
Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin, muscle and other tissues, and can produce a variety of effects. It increases the release of the body’s natural painkillers, including endorphin and serotonin. This modifies the way pain signals are received by the brain. It is mainly used to treat musculoskeletal pain, including myofascial trigger point pain.
I may use this type of acupuncture as part of a treatment session but always in conjunction with osteopathy. I understand that many people have concerns about whether acupuncture hurts but the needles are very fine and most people only feel the sensation of the needle initially piercing the skin and that's it.
I will only ever use acupuncture with your complete agreement and only when it is a suitable treatment for you.