Acupuncture (dry needling)
Acupuncture is a technique that can be used to relieve symptoms for a variety of conditions. Each patient’s treatment will vary according to the presenting complaint.
Very fine needles are inserted and left in areas of the body to stimulate nerves in the skin and muscle. This produces far reaching effects on virtually all the systems of the body. The most well known effect is a reduction in pain and increase in wellbeing.
Sometimes the needles are stimulated, either by hand, or electrical stimulation. The number of needles used varies, from one to as many as ten or so. Treatment is normally weekly initially but may change later during the course (roughly 5 to 8 sessions).
Acupuncture can be used for pain relief (neck and back, shoulder, leg pain), headaches, muscle strains and sports injuries, arthritic pain, IBS, menstrual pain, allergies, sinus problems and help with drug dependency or addictions.
Many regulated health professionals, such as osteopaths, often use acupuncture in conjunction with their specialised treatment (often referred to as ‘dry needling’ or ‘western acupuncture’). This differentiates it slightly from the acupuncture of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).
Whilst acupuncture is generally safer than many conventional treatments, potential serious consequences could occur without due care. Acupuncture should therefore only be used by trained practitioners who can adequately assess the risks and benefits of applying the therapy.
Glenn Sontag has received training in western acupuncture by The British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS).
For further information, visit British Medical Acupuncture Society website