Western Medical Acupuncture
What is Western Medical Acupuncture?
Western medical acupuncture is a therapeutic treatment involving the insertion of fine needles. It is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence based medicine.
Western medical acupuncture has evolved from Chinese acupuncture, and acts mainly by stimulating the nervous system. Western medical acupuncture is principally used by conventional healthcare practitioners, most commonly in primary care.
What does Western Medical Acupuncture treat?
Western medical acupuncture is mainly used to treat musculoskeletal pain, including myofascial trigger point pain. It is also effective for postoperative pain, and is therefore very useful in conjunction with other treatments such as osteopathy.
What should I expect when I go for treatment?
Western Acupuncture is usually used in combination with an osteopathic treatment so a full case history and osteopathic examination will preceed the treatment.
To insert the fine needles into areas that require treatment you may need to remove some clothing. We provide towels to ensure your modesty at all times but you may wish to bring comfortable shorts and a vest.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments varies and often depends on how long you have had the problem. Usually we can give you a better prognosis once we have seen you for an initial assessment.