What is Medical Acupuncture
Medical acupuncture (MA) is a modern variation of the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture. It is described as a therapeutic procedure that involves the insertion of fine needles into specific locations across and within the body to restore restrictions in movement and provide pain relief.
How it works
MA is thought to have many local and general mechanisms which aim to restore range of movement and or reduce pain. Therapists may locate ‘trigger points’ within the body to effectively sedate them, this then reduces pain and may potentially refer to other structures.
When to apply it
This form of treatment may be applied when clients have already had sports/ deep tissue massage and its effectiveness is failing to improve symptoms. It may be used as an intervention that can manipulate deeper structures within the body which standard massage cannot. These structures will be more chronic; however results are still gained in acute cases. Listed below, are common symptoms that clients may suffer from, which medical acupuncture can significantly help.
- Sciatica (sciatic pain)
- Impingements of nerves (shoulder/ back)
- Lower back pain (chronic)
- Mild to severe headaches/ migraines
- General soft tissue trauma (sports)
- Neurological disorders (Multiple sclerosis)