medical acupuncture

What is it and what are the main benefits?

what is Medical Acupuncture? 


Medical Acupuncture (dry needling) is a modern treatment technique used primarily to ease muscular pain and improve muscle function. It involves inserting fine, sterile acupuncture needles into the skin, targeting areas within the muscle known as myofascial trigger points. 

what are the main benefits of this treatment?

  • Pain Relief: One of the most significant benefits of medical acupuncture is its ability to provide relief from muscular pain, including both acute and chronic conditions. 
  • It can be particularly effective for conditions categorised by tight muscles, where pain originates from trigger points in the muscles.
  • Reduces Muscle Tension: Medical acupuncture helps in relaxing overactive muscles. By deactivating the trigger points, it reduces muscle tension and can alleviate spasms or cramping.
  • Improves Flexibility and Range of Motion: By releasing tight muscle fibres and trigger points, medical acupuncture can enhance flexibility and increase range of motion. 
  • This is especially beneficial for athletes or individuals with restricted movement due to muscle tightness.
  • Enhances Recovery: It aids in the recovery of muscle function post-injury. By improving blood flow to the targeted area, medical acupuncture can accelerate the healing process and reduce recovery time.
  • Complements Other Treatments: Medical acupuncture is often used in conjunction with other forms of physiotherapy, such as manual therapy and exercise, making it a versatile tool in a comprehensive treatment plan.

Minimally Invasive: As a minimally invasive technique, medical acupuncture offers a relatively low-risk option for muscle pain treatment. The needles used are very thin, and the procedure is generally well-tolerated.

Quick Results: Many patients experience immediate relief or a significant reduction in symptoms following medical acupuncture. This prompt response can be particularly encouraging for those dealing with chronic pain.

Preventative Care: Regular sessions of medical acupuncture can help in the prevention of muscle-related injuries, particularly for athletes or individuals with physically demanding lifestyles.

It’s important to note that medical acupncture should be performed by a trained and qualified professional to ensure safety and effectiveness.  While it is generally considered safe, it may not be suitable for everyone, and a thorough assessment is usually conducted before the treatment.  Additionally, some people may experience mild side effects like temporary soreness or bruising at the needle site.


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How many seSSIONS will I need?
The number of treatments required depends on the nature and severity of your condition. After your initial assessment, our therapist will discuss your personalised treatment plan and provide an estimated treatment timeline. It’s common for a treatment plan to start with about 6 to 12 sessions, after which the progress is evaluated. Some people might experience significant improvement within a few sessions, while others might need ongoing maintenance sessions.
Can I claim the cost of my treatment on my private medical insurance?
Yes, many private medical insurance policies cover dry needling treatment. Please check with your insurance provider to confirm the extent of coverage and any specific requirements for claims.

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5cac4431b6d433ab247071a26864a350?s=90&d=mm&r=gDaniel Thomson is our esteemed Founder and Lead Physiotherapist. He holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Physiotherapy from Leeds Beckett University. With extensive experience, he has provided exceptional physiotherapy assessment and treatment services to both inpatients and outpatients, consistently delivering positive outcomes by enhancing physical strength, cognition, mobility, and overall quality of life.