A WESTERN APPROACH
Medical acupuncture - also known as dry needling - is a western medical approach to Chinese Acupuncture. It involves the placing of fine needles through the skin and briefly left in position for therapeutic effect, using current knowledge of physiology, anatomy, and pathology. The number of needles varies but may be only two or three. Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin and muscles, and can produce a variety of effects. We know that it increases the body's release of natural painkillers - endorphins and serotonin - in the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain. This modifies the way pain signals are received.
At Back in Balance we use acupuncture as another treatment for musculoskeletal manifestations of pain; mainly trigger points. The practitioner will assess each patient’s case and treatment will be tailored to the individual. Following assessment of the patient’s symptoms a needle will be inserted into the area of pain. Gentle movement of the needle will occur during the treatment in order to achieve the desired response. Dry needling can be performed as a stand alone treatment, or can be used alongside Osteopathic treatments where necessary if discussed with your practitioner. Patients enjoy acupuncture treatment because it is gentle, therapeutic, and effective. Needles will never be introduced to a treatment session without your consent.