Acupuncture treatment involves fine needles being inserted through the skin and briefly left in position. Sometimes manual or low voltage electrical stimulation is applied to assist the process. The number of needles varies but may be only as few as two or three. Your practitioner will assess you and treatment will be tailored to you as an individual.
Western medical acupuncture is a therapeutic modality involving the
insertion of fine needles; it is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture
using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the
principles of evidence based medicine. While Western medical acupuncture
has evolved from Chinese acupuncture, its practitioners no longer
adhere to concepts such as Yin/Yang and circulation of qi, and regard
acupuncture as part of conventional medicine rather than a complete
“alternative medical system”. It acts mainly by stimulating the nervous
system, and its known modes of action include local antidromic axon
reflexes, segmental and extrasegmental neuromodulation, and other
central nervous system effects. Western medical acupuncture is
principally used by conventional healthcare practitioners, most commonly
in primary care. It is mainly used to treat musculoskeletal pain,
including myofascial trigger point pain.
Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle, and can produce a variety of effects. We know that it increases the body's release of natural painkillers - endorphin and serotonin - in the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain. This modifies the way pain signals are received.
All of our chiropractors are trainined in the use of medical acupuncture and registered members of the British Medical Acupuncture Society.
The British Medical Acupuncture Society website, www.medical-acupuncture.co.uk.
Journal Article: Western Medical Acupuncture: a definition, Acupunct Med 2009;27:33-35.