What is Western Acupuncture?
Western Acupuncture could be renamed “acupuncture for physios” in that it is used to treat musculoskeletal conditions by inserting acupuncture needles into traditional acupuncture points. Acupuncture tends to be a more superficial treatment than dry needling that focuses on restoring energy or “Qi” to the body. It is thought there are blockages that can be restored by properly placing needles along energy channels called meridians.
Recent research has shown that this creates local, segmental, spinal and supraspinal effects for pain modulation and an increasingly large body of scientific evidence exists that now reinforces what the Chinese have known for years – that is that acupuncture works..
The insertion of the needle creates a local inflammatory response to help stimulate a healing response. The needle also stimulates local nerve fibres to help modulate pain at the spinal cord level and create descending pain inhibition from the brain.
Only single use, steralized needles are used in the practice. Needle insertion is generally minimally painfull and the needles are left in for around 15-20 minutes in most cases.
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