What is Medical acupuncture is a modern treatment approach founded in concepts of neurology, anatomy and physiology. Medical Acupuncture is similar to traditional Chinese acupuncture in that it involves the strategic placement of sterile needles into various locations in the body. Medical acupuncture has been shown to have beneficial results by inducing muscle relaxation, modulating pain, altering your neuroendocrine responses and changing the autonomic activity (‘fight or flight’ response) of the body, resulting in an overall relaxation and a feeling of well-being.
Medical acupuncture is commonly used by medical doctors, chiropractors, Sports Therapists and physiotherapists in the treatment of chronic pain, or as an adjunct to their regular treatment regime.
What can be treated with Medical Acupuncture?
Recent research has found acupuncture to have positive results in the treatment of chronic low back pain, knee osteoarthritis, and management of chronic pain conditions. Other musculoskeletal conditions commonly treated with medical acupuncture include tendinosis, rotator cuff injuries, muscle strains, joint sprains, headaches and repetitive strain injuries. Medical acupuncture helps to restore your body’s natural nerve and muscle tone, increases blood flow and provides pain relief for both chronic and acute conditions.
Typically treatments last about 20-30 minutes and the number of needles used in a treatment will vary according to the individual, duration of pain and the condition being treated. An improvement of 15% to 20% in pain sensation is often experienced after the first treatment. In general, further improvement follows within a few days; however, the effects of this technique can be immediate. Repeated treatments are necessary to see full pain relief in most cases.