Medical acupuncture is descended from traditional Chinese acupuncture, which has a history spanning over 2000 years. In the last few decades it has gained popularity in the UK. Over 1500 doctors in the UK now use acupuncture as part of their medical practice.
Avin trained with the British Medical Acupuncture Society, and combines it with his training and experience in osteopathy and sports medicine.
Medical acupuncture, also known as “dry needling”, reduces pain by stimulating nerves to produce endorphins and an inflammatory response. This results in pain relief. It is an evidence based therapy, and NHS guidelines recommend medical acupuncture for a number of conditions.
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Many people are worried about this, but acupuncture is usually almost painless. Patients are often surprised at how little they feel.
Acupuncture needles are very fine, and often can’t be felt after the initial prick. As the body reacts, you may feel a warm, heavy sensation around the needle – this is usually quite pleasant.
When performed by a qualified professional, acupuncture is a very safe treatment. Some patients may experience bruising, or feel faint or very tired following treatment. However, acupuncture has fewer and less frequent side effects than many drug treatments and many people experience no problems at all.
Prognosis depends on the whole picture, including the condition being managed. 3 to 8 treatments is considered normal. These are typically spaced a week apart, allowing time for the body to respond to the therapy, but this is variable.
You may feel some immediate benefit after the first session, but your therapist may advise more sessions to solidify the benefit. On the other hand, you may not respond to the therapy, in which case the therapist will stop treatment after about three sessions.
Some people like to return for regular treatment indefinitely to keep on top of their symptoms.
As with an osteopathic treatment, your therapist will take a thorough case history and examine you. If appropriate, they will discuss the risks and benefits with you so you can give informed consent.
Treatment itself will involve a small number of very fine needles being inserted into the skin. They may be around the symptomatic area, or further afield. The needles will be left in place for a while, and carefully removed when the body has responded.
Sometimes acupuncture is performed differently, with a very small current is passed through the needles, similar to using a TENS machine. Occasionally herbs are burned to gently warm the needles. This is known as “moxa”.
The NHS recommends acupuncture for a number of conditions, ranging from osteoarthritis to glue ear. We routinely use medical acupuncture for musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, including migraine prevention.
Three quarters of all people will get some benefit from medical acupuncture treatment. Their pain may be completely resolved, or significantly improved. Unfortunately, about a quarter of patients do not respond to acupuncture. We can never guarantee results.
The physiology of acupuncture is better understood than ever, but there are still unanswered questions.
To summarise what we know, acupuncture needles stimulate the body to produce pain killing and healing chemicals within the body. The combination of this release leads to a reduction in pain while encouraging recovery.