Acupuncture and dry needling

Acupuncture is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine. It involves stimulating sensory nerves under your skin and in your muscles. This produces pain relieving endorphins which are responsible for the beneficial effects of acupuncture. Several sessions of acupuncture result in longer lasting pain relief than a single session. Your therapist will discuss this with you.

Current guidelines recommend acupuncture for:

  • Chronic (long term pain)
  • Chronic tension type headaches and migraines
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Dental Pain
  • Post-operative pain

Dry needling is a westernised form of acupuncture using the same fine needles however it is based on human anatomy and inserting into muscle trigger points rather than being based on traditional Chinese medicine. It also a shorter treatment used alongside massage rather than a stand alone treatment like acupuncture.

Your therapist will discuss which one is best for you.

Acupuncture or dry needling can have some short lived side effects such as pain or itching where needle was inserted, some small bleeding or bruising around the area, increased tiredness, feelings of dizziness/nausea and some slight worsening of symptoms potentially in the first 24 hours of treatment.

Common Conditions We Treat

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  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Shoulder injury/frozen shoulder
  • General muscle tension/ache
  • Sports injuries
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Foot/Achilles pain
  • Repetitive strain and work related injury
  • Post surgery rehabilitation
  • Pregnancy related pain


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