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Western Medical Acupuncture

Western Medical Acupuncture being applied

Andy has completed all his training through the British Medical Acupuncture Society BMAS

How Does It Work?

The primary therapeutic effects of acupuncture are achieved through stimulation of the nervous system, which leads to sensory stimulation. Acupuncture also has local effects, such as the release of neuropeptides and an increase in local blood flow. Research has established that acupuncture can also result in the release of opioid peptides and serotonin in the spinal cord and brain. Its effects on musculoskeletal pain are likely a result of inhibiting the nociceptive pathway, activating the descending inhibitory pathways, and possibly influencing local trigger points. 

Patients suffering from myofascial pain, tendinopathies and muscle strains can often experience significant relief and improvement through this type of treatment.

Is It Safe

When it's done by a qualified practitioner, acupuncture is generally very safe. Some people can experience mild, short-term side effects such as:

  • pain where the needles puncture the skin

  • bleeding or bruising where the needles puncture the skin

  • drowsiness

  • feeling sick

  • feeling dizzy or faint

How many sessions?

Acupuncture is used in conjunction with osteopathic treatment. Ordinarily, 4 to 6 sessions are recommended to benefit from the full effect of pure acupuncture treatment alone although, generally, patients start to see positive results after a few treatments.

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