Medical Acupuncture

Medical acupuncture is a method of treating some disorders by inserting needles into various parts of the body. Alternative names are non-traditional acupuncture or dry needling.  Acupuncture is defined as the insertion of solid needles into the body for therapeutic purposes.

There are now two main approaches to acupuncture.  That of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and of Medical Acupuncture.  Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (TCA) was developed in China, where it acquired an elaborate theoretical basis. It has stood the test of time, and more recently uptake of this treatment modality by Western health professionals has increased.  Reinterpretion of acupuncture in terms of modern anatomy, physiology and pathology has lead to the development of medical acupuncture.

Much of medical acupuncture is concerned with the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, and so is easily assimilated to Chiropractic care. The needles used are very thin without any medication passing through them (i.e. a dry needle). Medical acupuncture is not a complete system of care in its own right, but rather an adjunctive therapeutic tool with direct relevance to the musculoskeletal system and so to the Chiropractic care offered to you. It is one aspect of the overall rehabilitation process.

Each patient is an individual, and the application of medical acupuncture or any treatment is decided upon on this basis. This is consistent with all aspects of your care. Options will be discussed with you by your Chiropractor.