Medical Acupuncture and Dry Needling

Medical acupuncture is a therapeutic technique that involves inserting fine needles into points across the body to encourage healing and pain relief. The needles used in acupuncture are not very thick, not much thicker than a hair, and are inserted at a depth of around 3mm to 2cm depending on the part of the body that the needle is being inserted into.

Traditional Chinese medicine has been using acupuncture for the millennium as a treatment for a wide range of conditions from infertility to muscular pain. Recently there has been an increase in interest in the West, studies have been done to test the efficacy of acupuncture and the traditional Chinese explanations as to why it works involving chi and energy flow have attempted to be explained using anatomical and physiological models. Medical acupuncture and dry needling are interchangeable terms to describe acupuncture used within this context rather than acupuncture used in traditional Chinese medicine in the context of chi and energy flow.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends acupuncture as an effective treatment for lower back pain, tension headaches, and migraines and there is evidence to support acupuncture as a treatment for other musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritic pain, shoulder pain, and neck pain.

At Back to Active Osteopathy and Sports Injury Clinic we offer medical acupuncture as part of our treatments where the practitioner feels it may be appropriate. Acupuncture will not be used as part of your treatment without your consent and if you have any reservations about the use of acupuncture or are wondering if acupuncture could be helpful for you please speak to your therapists.

We do not offer traditional acupuncture at Back to Active and don’t offer acupuncture as a stand-alone treatment but as part of our osteopathic and sports massage treatments.