Acupuncture & Dry-needling

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of therapy that involves inserting tiny needles into various areas of the body.

How does acupuncture work?

Experts believe that acupuncture stimulates the process of releasing pain reducing chemicals in the body; the substances that are released are the same as those that are generated during cardiovascular exercise. Once the chemicals have been released the body is able to move with a greater degree of ease and freedom; acupuncture has also been proven to speed up and encourage the healing process for this reason. Acupuncture can also ease muscle tension by deactivating trigger points in the muscles, which cause the sensation of pain.

Conditions treated by acupuncture

Acupuncture has been proven to be particularly effective for treating the following conditions: joint pain caused by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, nausea, migraines and dental health problems.

How many needles will be inserted?

The number of needles used will depend on the individual but usually there will be no more than 10 needles inserted into the skin at any one time.

How long will the needles stay in for?

Again, this depends on the individual; some needles may only be left in for a few minutes, while others may be left for up to thirty minutes.

How to find an acupuncturist

Most acupuncturists have their own websites nowadays, which provide details of their qualifications, costs and contact details; you do not need a referral from your GP to make an appointment with an acupuncturist. It is also advisable to look on the British Acupuncture Council’s website as this will ensure you find a registered acupuncturist; all those listed on this website have at least 3 years of professional experience.

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