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Acupuncture, or dry needling is an effective therapy to treat muscular tension and spasms

What is Acupuncture?


Dry needling is also commonly known as Western Acupuncture. It is often used within osteopathic appointments as an effective therapy to treat muscular tension and spasms, which commonly accompany conditions such as arthritis, nerve irritation, muscular strain, ligament strains and herniated discs.

When performing dry needling, a very small, thin, solid filament needle is inserted in a contracted muscle to create a local twitch reflex. This is both diagnostic and therapeutic, as it is the first step in breaking the pain cycle.

Research shows that this will decrease muscle contraction, reduce chemical irritation, and decrease pain.

Seated patient with acupuncture needles in neck and head

Frequently asked questions about acupuncture

Where will the needles be inserted?
The needles are gently and painlessly inserted into what are known as ‘Acupuncture Points’ or ‘pressure points’. These ‘points’ are carefully selected for you by the practitioner.

Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture is widely regarded as a safe and reliable therapeutic modality in today’s Clinic.

Are the needles sterile?
All needles are gas or gamma sterilised and have clear ‘best-before’ information. They are also designed to be disposed of after a single application.

Does Acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are hair-fine with a point configuration similar to that of a bullet. Great care is taken when inserting, so Acupuncture needles will not damage the structures beneath the skin.

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