MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE IN LONDON
Medical Acupuncture is a therapeutic modality involving the insertion of fine needles. Very helpful in both acute pain and chronic pain and especially effective with Back Pain and Neck Pain.
WHAT IS MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE?
Medical Acupuncture, some times referred to as Western Medical Acupuncture is a therapeutic modality involving the insertion of fine needles. into the body. It is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture. using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence based medicine.
Around two millennia ago, Chinese Medicine made the significant discovery that inserting needles into tissue can influence various functions of the body. This at the time was explained much as it is today in Chinese and traditional acupuncture, using the concepts of Yin & Yang and circulation of “qi”.
Although Medical Acupuncture originated from Chinese Acupuncture, it uses the relatively recent discoveries of neurotransmitters and neuroplasticity to explain the effects of Acupuncture on the body.
WHAT DOES ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?
There are a number of causes of back pain, ranging from muscle spasms, nerve compression to disc bulges or prolapses, as well as injury to the small joints of the spine.
Suffering with back pain can be extremely debilitating, however in the vast majority of cases, Acupuncture treatment will effectively reduce back pain quickly.
Similar to back pain, there are a number of causes of neck pain, which include whiplash, muscle spasms, nerve compression from disc bulges or prolapses, as well as injury to the small joints of the spine.
Neck pain can often be accompanied with shoulder pain or headaches and in many causes can be caused by postural strain from seating down and looking at a computer screen.
Acupuncture is very effective in reducing pain and many patients feel a quick return to normality after acupuncture treatment.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN I SEE AN ACUPUNCTURIST?
Once the Acupuncturist has determined the clinical diagnosis of your problem, they will then be able to discuss whether Acupuncture can help treat the problem and, if so, what the treatment program should involve.
Currently all our Acupuncturist are also fully qualified and registered Osteopaths, whom are trained to identify when a patient needs to be referred to a GP or needs further tests, such as MRI scans or blood tests to help diagnose the problem. Our Osteopaths have strong relationships with London's leading spinal consultants and sports injury consultants. If further investigation, or an opinion is need, this can be easily arranged.
Commonly the first appointment can last up to an hour, while further treatments last around 30-45 minutes. Your course of treatment will depend on the cause of your symptoms. Acupuncture can be very effective when also combined with Osteopathy treatment and often leads to much quicker pain relief and an overall better outcome.