Also called dry needling, an adaptation of traditional acupuncture. Medical acupuncture follows the principles of evidence-based medicine and primarily focuses on alleviating musculoskeletal pain.
It involves insertion of dry needles into trigger points sometimes referred to as 'knots' to produce clinical effects. Trigger points are pain areas in the muscle that can refer pain to points in other areas of the body. Needling these trigger points can relieve the pain both locally and in the other areas. When there are no trigger points the muscle itself is needled and this needle can interrupt the messages that are transmitted from the muscle to the central nervous system, i.e. your brain, and therefore change your perception on pain.
Once the needles are inserted into specific points in the body without discomfort, they are either withdrawn immediately or left inserted for up to 20 minutes. this can induce a sensation of heaviness in the limbs and a pleasant feeling of relaxation.
Most first timers want to know if medical acupuncture is painful, and the answer depends on the patient. Some people experience some pain where the needle is initially inserted and sometimes pain is felt in other areas. It is very unique to each individual and you will never know till you experience it.
At the clinic, medical acupuncture is used alongside our osteopathy, it is another way of providing our patients with the highest level of patient care.