What is Medical Acupuncture?

Medical or Western Acupuncture is also known as Dry Needling and is a western adaptation of traditional Chinese Acupuncture.

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture claims to stimulate the flow of healing energy throughout the body whereas Medical Acupuncture is more focused on releasing muscle tension by treating specific trigger points and stimulating the healing processes.

It is practiced predominantly by doctors, physiotherapists, osteopaths & chiropractors and uses a more select range of acupuncture techniques based on anatomy, physiology, a western medical diagnosis and evidence based research. It is a highly useful adjunct to osteopathic treatment.

How does it work?

Research suggests that medical acupuncture works by stimulating the central nervous system to release chemicals, such as neurotransmitters, to affect pain-suppressing mechanisms and pathways involved in the perception of pain.

These chemicals either change the experience of pain or release other chemicals, such as hormones, that influence the body’s self-regulating systems. The biochemical changes may stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being.

What should I expect when I go for treatment?

Although many patients are nervous about the thought of needles being used, the treatment is painless with patients commonly experience a pleasant feeling of relaxation.

At Oaklands Osteopathy we usually use Medical Acupuncture in combination with osteopathic treatment so a full case history and osteopathic examination will precede the treatment.

Needles of varying lengths are inserted directly into muscle mass producing a sensation of tingling or a dull ache.  The needles used are very fine and bear no resemblance to those used for blood tests.

Up to a dozen sterile single-use needles can be used per treatment, and may remain in position for anything between 5 and 20 minutes. New sterile needles are used for each insertion, and immediately discarded into a hermetic container. Because modern acupuncture needles are disposable and used only once, there is no risk of transmitting infections. For those who give blood – certificates confirming sterile single-use needles are available upon request.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments varies and often depends on how long you have had the problem. Usually we can give you a better prognosis once we have seen you for an initial assessment.


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Tel: 01920 424944
Email: info@oaklandsosteopathy.co.uk

Watton-at-Stone Clinic
Hertfordshire SG14 3SN



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