Liam Slater is our Acupuncture specialist. He practices western medical acupuncture, which is a derivative of the Chinese style. This approach integrates current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence based medicine.
Our practitioners will use acupuncture as an adjunct to their osteopathy, physiotherapy or sports massage service. This means your acupuncture prescription will be based on a western musculoskeletal assessment rather than the Chinese meridian system. We often find acupuncture useful for treating various types of musculoskeletal pain including both acute and chronic pain, myofascial and trigger point symptoms.
Acupuncture can be used to treat most areas of the body but we tend to find best results for symptoms around the large joints, shoulder, knee and hip as well as the back. The number of pins/needles required for a treatment varies according to the diagnosis and dosage required but you can expect us to use between 3 to 15 pins on a single treatment. If you have never had acupuncture before we will generally use a smaller dose on the first treatment as some people can have a strong reaction leaving them feeling very tired and in extreme cases nauseas.
Many people find acupuncture deeply relaxing. If you feel tired after a treatment we either recommend you go for a brisk walk before driving home or get somebody else to drive you.
Western Medical Acupuncture is sometimes referred to as Dry Needling. These two terms are interchangeable. The Chinese variety is sometimes called ‘Classical’ or ‘Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).’ This variant deals with Qi.
We make no extra charge for acupuncture and may use a mix of treatments in a single visit.
Please let us know at the start of your session if you’re keen to try acupuncture.
This page from the British Medical Acupuncture Society website gives some interesting back ground to regulation of Acupuncture. Please contact us if you have any questions..