Western Medical Acupuncture

Western Medical AcupunctureTraditional Chinese Acupuncture (TCA) involves putting acupuncture needles in specific points on specific ‘lines’ or meridians to allow the body’s energy, the qi, to flow freely around the body.

However, medical acupuncture, also known as dry needling, relieves muscular tension by inserting acupuncture needles into specific muscular trigger points (very tight, tender, knotty spots in muscles involved in causing muscle pain and commonly found in acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders), decreases nerve impulses to the central nervous system resulting in a decrease in pain levels, and stimulating blood flow to the junctions between tendons, ligaments and bone.

Medical acupuncture is used as a very effective adjunct treatment by many manual therapists and medical doctors alike, with the needles being inserted from a few seconds up to a few minutes depending on the desired treatment.

Many people are a bit apprehensive about having needles put in for the first time, but the process is virtually painless, with many patients only feeling a slight pin prick on insertion and a gentle pulling sensation while the needle is in the muscle belly.

A message for blood and component donors

As of February 2011 donors who have had acupuncture treatment by a qualified Healthcare Professional registered with a statutory body can freely give blood without waiting for 4 months. The GOsC is included in this list.
Follow this link to the National Blood Service