What is Medical Acupuncture / Dry Needling?
Medical acupuncture or dry needling is the modern term used as an adaptation of the ancient Chinese practice of traditional acupuncture. This technique is defined as a therapeutic technique/treatment modality that involves the insertion of fine needles into specific areas of the body to enhance tissue healing, pain relief and decrease tension within the tissues. Different needle lengths and insertion types are available considering the area being treated. Medical acupuncture is the approved anatomy and physiology technique/treatment modality used for musculoskeletal pain, injury, and condition through evidence-based medicine.
Medical acupuncture is frequently used as a form of complementary or alternative medicine by doctors, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, sports therapists and more.
- Enhance tissue healing and repair
- Decrease musculoskeletal pain
- Decrease soft tissue stiffness/tightness
- Treat acute, sub-acute and chronic conditions
- Treat headaches and migraines
- Low back pain
- Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
- Tendinitis and tendinopathy
- Cervical | Thoracic | Lumbar pain
- Joint Pain – Shoulder | Elbow | Wrist | Hand | Hip | Knee | Ankle | Foot
- Gluteal pain/stiffness
Can Medical Acupuncture / Dry Needling be used to treat my problem?
Scientific evidence has shown good reports for the use of medical acupuncture/dry needling for short-term relief within the knee, low back, neck and headaches and migraines. Medical acupuncture is most commonly used for musculoskeletal pain relief, decrease tissue tension and enhance the healing of damaged tissues/structures within the body. Results cannot be guaranteed, however, it can be very effective for treating musculoskeletal conditions, trigger points. With additional treatment modalities and progression the chances of medical acupuncture working can be very good.
Is Medical Acupuncture / Dry Needling hygienic?
The technique very is hygienic as the needles are sterile, single-use, and disposable. We use NHS approved acupuncture needles for all medical acupuncture treatments.
Does Medical Acupuncture / Dry Needling hurt?
The needles used are very fine and pain on insertion/excision is usually minimal or nothing is felt. You might feel little discomfort on some areas of the body; however, this is normal as the body can react in different ways. Some people can feel slight sharpness, whereas others can feel nothing at all.
Is Medical Acupuncture / Dry Needling safe?
In the hands of a trained and qualified medical acupuncturist, it is a very safe form of treatment modality. Below is a list of side effects you may or may not experience. Blood donors may have to wait 3-6 months after treatment. Pregnant women should only have medical acupuncture/dry needling with caution, after 3 months (12 weeks) and the lumbar spine will be avoided so the area is not hyper stimulated.
- Acute discomfort on insertion
- Tiredness, relaxation, and pain within the first 24 hours post treatment
- Temporary worsening of symptoms
- Onset of migraines, headaches if you suffer from these regularly
What to expect during an appointment
On your first appointment, you will be assessed by the trained and certified medical acupuncturist through subjective and objective examination to identify what areas to target, how many needles are required, and how many sessions to have. All sessions will be monitored and feedback will be given. If required, additional treatment modalities such as manual therapy, sports massage, kinesiology taping etc… can be recommended to help enhance the sessions to treat the injury/condition as a mixture of treatment modalities are useful and efficient for long-term progression and improvement.