What is Medical Acupuncture?
Medical Acupuncture, or as it is often referred to Dry Needling, is a Western medical technique that focuses on relief from pain, release of Trigger Points and tight bands of contracture in the muscles. Very fine acupuncture needles are inserted into the muscles directly in to Trigger Points as well as on the flow of the pain pathway and peripheral nerves. On occasions needles may also be inserted in to the ligaments, tendons or knee cartilage should your condition require it.
As is standard practice throughout Europe, Focused Therapy London only use good quality, sterile, single use stainless steel acupuncture needles when undertaking any form of Acupuncture treatment.
What are the main objectives of Medical Acupuncture?
The main objectives of Medical Acupuncture (Dry Needling) are as follows:
- Significantly decrease both chronic and acute muscular, myofascial and neurologial pain and release neurotransmitters which block pain messages to the brain
- Release of active Trigger Points and tight bands of contracture in muscles
- Improved blood flow in the localised area treated and can aid in the decrease of inflammation (oedema)
- A rapid method of returning muscles to healthy functional ability and length
- Can be used to start treatment of muscle, tendon and ligament damage immediately after injury (acute stage), when other therapy treatments are not possible, to promote quicker healing
- Can treat numerous Medical Conditions for which massage based therapies are not suitable due to inflammatory response in the area or various other medical reasons
Conditions that Medical Acupuncture is primarily used to treat
Some of the main uses of Medical Acupuncture (Dry Needling) are for the treatment of the following conditions:
- Acute and Chronic Pain
- Anti-inflammatory Response
- Early Treatment of Acute Injury
- Musculoskeletal and Neuromuscular Disorders
- Pinched Nerves (Radiculapathies)
- Taut bands of Contracted Muscle
- Trigger Points
- Chronic Lower Back Pain
- Frozen Shoulder Injury
- Golfers Elbow
- Herniated Disc / Slipped Disk / Bulging Disc Pain and Related Symptoms
- Osteoarthritis of the Knee Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Shoulder Pain
- Temporomandibular Joint (Jaw) Pain and Stiffness
- Tennis Elbow
Can Medical Acupuncture be used to treat Nerve Conditions?
The specific technique of Western Medical Acupuncture I am trained in is called Functional Integrated Dry Needling and is a very important technique in providing a management of pain in musculoskeletal as well as neurological conditions. In layman’s terms, this means the treatments focus is not just concerned with conditions which create pain in the muscles, tendon, ligament, myofascia (muscle covering) and joints, but can also treat pain and other disorders relating to the nerves and nervous system.
So the answer is yes, with many nerve related pain issues and other neurological or neuromuscular symptoms it works well. In addition, Medical Acupuncture (Dry Needling) often provides much faster, as well as significantly longer lasting relief, from symptoms than massage based therapies alone. I have also found needling in to a muscular area can additionally help to greatly relieve nerve related pain in advance of receiving a massage treatment in certain cases, making a massage treatment much more comfortable to receive after needling has been applied first.