Acupuncture

Medical Acupuncture

What Can Acupuncture treat?

  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Slipped or herniated disc
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Whiplash
  • Posture related problems
  • Sports injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Rib injuries
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfers elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Hip tendinitis or bursitis
  • Knee ligament sprains
  • Knee meniscal tears
  • Foot conditions
  • Pregnancy related back pain
  • Trapped nerves
  • Ligament sprains
  • Muscle tension and strain
  • Ankle sprains
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.

The improved energy and biochemical balance created by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, increasing blood flow to the muscle and joint to reduce pain and in encouraging physical and emotional well-being.

What is Medical Acupuncture? Is it different from Chinese Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a very old medical tool, and there are many styles to learning and practicing it. Medical acupuncture is the term used to describe acupuncture performed by a trained and licensed doctor or osteopath in Western medicine who has also had thorough training in acupuncture as a specialty practice.

What is Medical Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a therapeutic treatment, involving the insertion of fine needles, it is the adaption of Chinese acupuncture using the latest knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology and the principles of evidence based medicine helping the body to encourage natural healing and to improve functioning.

It is mainly used to treat musculoskeletal pain, including myofascial trigger point pain. The treatment itself involves fine needles being inserted through the skin and briefly left in position at very precise acupuncture points.

Side-effects of Medical Acupuncture

Some patient’s may experience mild pain where the needles puncture the skin, bleeding or bruising where the needles puncture the skin, drowsiness, feeling sick, dizzy or faint. Because of the slight risk of bleeding, people with bleeding disorders such as haemophilia, or people taking medication to prevent blood clotting (anticoagulants), may not be able to have acupuncture. As energy is redirected in the body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and healing begins to occur. Sometimes the original symptoms worsen for a few days, or other general changes in appetite, sleep, tiredness, bowel or urination patterns, or emotional state may be caused indicating that the acupuncture is starting to work.

For more information please contact the Osteopath in Ashford.

Osteopathic Treatments are covered by Private Health Insurance