Medical Acupuncture

Medical Acupuncturist in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham

About Medical Acupuncture

Medical acupuncture, also known as dry needling, is the therapeutic use of fine needles for the treatment of pain that originates within the muscle/myofascial system. Medical acupuncture is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture that integrates our current understanding of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and the principles of evidence informed medicine. Medical acupuncture has evolved from Chinese acupuncture, however, practitioners do not adhere to concepts such as yin and yang and the circulation of qi.

  • Therapeutic use of fine needles to treat muscle pain

  • Evolved from traditional Chinese acupuncture

How Can Medical Acupuncture Help You?

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Despite the fact that acupuncture has been used for over 5000 years, the exact neurophysiological effects of acupuncture are not entirety understood. We still have a long to go before research can fully explain how acupuncture works. However, what we do understand is the action of inserting a needle into non specific regions of the body has powerful modulation effects over pain processing within the central nervous system. These effects occur as a reflex response to one or more needles being inserted into a region of the body.

  • Acupuncture has been used for over 5ooo years

  • Acupuncture has powerful modulation effects over pain

Book An Appointment

Book your osteopathy or sports massage appointment using our booking system. Alternatively, talk to our practitioners on 0121 747 2802

Medical Acupuncture FAQ’s

Many people are anxious about the thought of acupuncture. However, for most people, acupuncture is a completely painless and effective form of treatment. In the hands of a skilled practitioner, you should feel nothing more than a small pin prick . Below we have answered the most common frequently asked questions regarding acupuncture. We hope you find it helpful. However, if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

In most cases, acupuncture is completely painless, and you should feel nothing more than a small pin prick on the surface of the skin. Sometimes, when the needle is inserted, the muscle can spasm, which can cause a temporary amount of discomfort. This can also be a good sign, indicating that the needle has reached a trigger point.

There is no set amount of needles that need to be used, and more is not always better. Every ache, pain and injury needs to be considered individually, and so the number of needles used will vary. Sometimes just one needle will suffice, while other times several needles in several locations is needed to produce the desired effect.

Just like other forms of treatment, this depends entirely on the individual and how they respond to treatment. Sometimes the desired effect can be achieved almost immediately, while other times the needle is left in longer to achieve the desired effect.

Our page what to expect covers this topic in detail. It covers everything you can expect from your first and follow up appointments.

If you would like to learn more about medical acupuncture, you may like to visit the British Medical Acupuncture Society; the regulator for medical acupuncturists in the UK.

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