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What can Acupuncture help to treat?

What can Acupuncture help to treat?

Our Rochester Osteopaths discuss the use and benefits of Acupuncture


Our team of Osteopaths have been using Medical Acupuncture for years to help aid and treat a wide range of conditions. 

What is Medical Acupuncture?

 

Medical Acupuncture involves placing acupuncture needles into muscles and joints to affect the musculoskeletal system. Although the needles used are the same used in acupuncture, dry needling works on different principles to the traditional eastern models. Dry Needling is based on anatomy and physiology rather than Chinese meridians.


How does it work?

Dry Needling inhibits pain perception in the body through a number of mechanisms controlled by the nervous system. Treatment with dry needles also releases muscular tension and reduces knots in muscles, also known as muscular trigger points.

The exact theory about how dry needling reduces pain is still unclear. However evidence suggests that applying acupuncture needles into problematic areas elicits neurological and chemical changes in the body that modify our perception and response to pain. In clinical trails, this has proved valuable for patients with a long history of musculoskeletal pain.


What can be treated with dry needle therapy?

Dry Needling works well in conjunction with osteopathic treatment for a wide variety of conditions and can be used to treat:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Muscular Trigger Points
  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Headaches
  • Tennis or Golfers Elbow
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Shoulder Impingements
  • Tendinopathy

Who can have treatment with Acupuncture needles?

Most people can have Dry Needling treatment, including pregnant patients. However, there are a few conditions and medications which mean the use of Dry Needling is not appropriate. These include blood clotting conditions and blood thinning medication. A full medical history will be taken by your practitioner before the use of any needles.

 

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