Medical Acupuncture / Dry Needling for London

What is Medical Acupuncture?

Medical Acupuncture, sometimes known as Dry Needling or Western Medical Acupuncture is used by John and Gervais of Osteopathy London to complement their osteopathic techniques where it is appropriate and after first explaining it to the patient and receiving their permission.

It is a therapeutic modality involving the insertion of fine needles, an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence based medicine.

What does Medical Acupuncture treat?

John and Gervais use Medical Acupuncture in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions (involving the bones, muscles, joints and connective tissue).

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides guidance to the NHS on the use of treatments and recommends Acupuncture for the treatment of chronic (long term) pain, tension headaches and migraines. 

How does Medical Acupuncture work?

The application of fine, sterile, single use needles is thought to act therapeutically to ease pain and dysfunction in a number of ways, of which these are considered significant:

  • The needles can encourage the release of natural endorphins and oxytocin which are known to relieve pain and stress.
  • There is an increase of blood flow in the area around the needles which is part of a positive and sophisticated healing response.
  • The beneficial effect of the above and other mechanisms of action can produce a reduction in both acute or chronic muscular guarding, which allows for greater mobility and an ease of the discomfort associated with tense muscles.

Will Medical Acupuncture hurt?

Some patients experience little or no discomfort as the fine, sterile needles are applied. For others they may experience a minor sting from the needle as it is first applied. .

Once the needle is in you may experience heaviness, tingling, warmth, or a dull ache around the acupuncture point, which can be considered an indication that the treatment is effective. 

Some patients feel nothing throughout, and find the treatment so relaxing that they may fall asleep during the time the needles are applied.

The patient's expectations of treatment, concerns they may have about needles and general stress levels can impact upon a patients experience, and for this reason practitioners will gauge these factors and only proceed if appropriate to do so. If despite these precautions the patient's experience is negative, then we would remove the needles and move on to use appropriate osteopathic techniques for their therapeutic effect.

After treatment there may be some localised soreness, not too dissimilar to what can occur from other modes of treatment, and this normally dissipates within a day.

In rare cases their may be a small bruise where a needle was applied, but this often goes unnoticed, and disappears within a few days.

As always we encourage patients to approach us with any concerns post-treatment .

Is Medical Acupuncture right for me?

The best way to answer this question is to take advantage of a free 15 minute telephone consultation with John, in which he can enquire about your condition and your medical history. Clicking the Book Now button below will take you to our bookings page from where you can arrange this with him.

If you proceed to book an initial consultation (which includes treatment and advice) with either John or Gervais then the thorough case history and examination you receive prior to any treatment will further clarify if Medical Acupuncture is the right approach for you. If it is not then treatment would focus on using a tailored osteopathic hands-on approach to assist you with your issue.

Existing patients of Osteopathy London can simply ask their practitioner about Medical Acupuncture during their follow-up appointment.

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Osteopathy for:

  • Mechanical Neck Pain
  • Sciatica & Trapped Nerves
  • Muscle Spasms
  • General Acute & Chronic Backache & Pain
  • Neuralgia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritic Pain & Stiffness
  • Generalised Joint Pain & Stiffness
  • Digestive Issues
  • Lumbago
  • Stress & Tension
  • Frozen Shoulder Sports Injuries
  • Rheumatic Pain
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Shoulder, Elbow Pain
  • Headaches from Neck & Back Issues