Medical Acupuncture

What is Medical Acupuncture?

Medical Acupuncture is a needling technique used by healthcare practitioners to complement other forms of physical therapy. It differs from Traditional Chinese Acupuncture as its focus is on identified musculoskeletal symptoms, such as pain or tension. The medical acupuncture treatment you receive will be tailored to your specific requirements following an initial assessment.

For treatment, extremely fine acupuncture needles are inserted through the skin and briefly left in position. Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle and can produce a variety of effects. We know that it increases the body’s release of natural painkillers ā€“ endorphin and serotonin ā€“ in the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain, modifying the way pain signals are received.

What can it treat?

  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Hip, Thigh and Calf Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Tension Headaches
  • Chronic Pain

What to expect?

After assessment, your treatment will be tailored to your individual symptoms. The Medical Acupuncturist will choose specific points to place the needles based on your condition. How many needles are used, and where they are placed on the body, will vary. You may choose to receive treatment during a single session, or may find you benefit from a treatment programme administered over a series of visits.

Will it hurt?

Acupuncture needles are made of sterilised, stainless steel, specially prepared for the purpose of acupuncture. They are very fine and usually only a couple of centimetres long. Some people experience a slight pricking, a dull ache or tingling sensation upon insertion. You should not experience any significant pain.