Medical acupuncture is a modern adaption of the ancient
Chinese practice of acupuncture. It is defined as a therapeutic technique that involves the insertion of fine needles into certain points across the body to encourage healing and pain relief.
The main difference between medical acupuncture and traditional Chinese acupuncture is that the ancient beliefs of ‘yin’, ‘yang’, and the energy ‘qi’ is substituted for a combined knowledge of physiology and pathology, anatomy, and the common principals of evidence based medicine.
Medical acupuncture is used by healthcare practitioners and is generally regarded as part of conventional medicine. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) specifically recommends the use of acupuncture for lower back pain1.
Is it hygienic?
Only sterile, single-use, disposable needles are used.
Does it hurt?
The needles are very fine, so it will not feel like having an injection, which use needles with a cutting edge. The feeling vary from person to person. Some people won’tfeel a thing where others may feel a slight sharpness.
You may also feel a muscle twitch
Things you need to tell your therapist before medical acupuncture
You will be asked to fill out a consultation form before any treatment. You must inform your therapist of any of the following before undergoing acupuncture treatment:
If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant
Do you have a history of blood disorders?
Do you have any allergies or sensitivities or specific metal allergies?
Have you ever suffered any fits/epilepsy?
Do you have diabetes?
If you suffer from any heart conditions
Do you have a pacemaker or electrical implants?
If you give blood
If you are taking anti-coagulants or any kind of medication.
If you have ever fainted
Do not drive straight after your first appointment as you may feel drowsy.
Some people do faint during treatment but this is very rare.
There is a slight possibility of minor bleeding or bruising after the insertion of acupuncture needles.
Existing symptoms can get worse after treatment (less that 3% of patients).
Pain during treatment occurs in about 1% of treatments
There have been a number of studies looking into the validity and benefits of acupuncture as an accepted form of medical practice.
One popular contention is that acupuncture only appears to work by inducing a placebo effect. A placebo effect is what happens when a person believes they have been treated. Recovery and pain relief is thought to happen as a result of this sense of belief and expectation. However, one study published in the NeuroImage journal claims to have found scientific evidence that acupuncture does in fact have a direct effect on the body.
We normally combine our dry needle/acupuncture with massage as we find they compliment each other well.
Price (from Jan 2019)
60 Minute Treatment – £44.00
45 Minute Treatment – £38.50