At the Maple Clinic, all of our Osteopaths are trained in Western Medical Acupuncture/ Myofascial Dry Needling. The two terms are synonymous and should not be confused with Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (TCM).
Acupuncture is a treatment of complementary medicine in which fine needles are inserted into the patient’s skin at specific points relating to their complaint and to varying depths.
TCM acupuncture postulates that acupuncture points are located on organ meridians through which qi vital energy runs, needling these points unblocks the flow through these channels. Western Medical Acupuncture is adapted from TCM but uses current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology and the principles of evidence-based medicine. Practitioners of Western medical acupuncture place needles according to the pain location and diagnosis rather than choosing traditional points although the two may overlap. It is thought to act mainly by stimulating the nervous system and its known modes of action. Western medical acupuncture is principally used by conventional healthcare practitioners, most commonly in primary care.
Western Medical Acupuncture is used mainly for musculoskeletal pain including myofascial trigger point pain. Myofascial dry needling is one aspect of WMA whereby needles are used to deactivate these trigger points. A myofascial trigger point is a highly irritable spot within the skeletal muscle that is painful to palpation, causes referred pain, dysfunctional muscle activity and involuntary nerve reactions such as a twitch.
At the Maple Clinic, we may incorporate Medical Acupuncture into your treatment when appropriate. When you book into the clinic with the Osteopath we will take a detailed case history including information about your past medical history and current medications. We will then conduct a thorough examination to come to a diagnosis for your current symptoms. At this time we will discuss the therapeutic approach we may consider beneficial to alleviate your symptoms effectively and get you on the road to recovery as quickly as possible, this may include the use of acupuncture if you would like to have that as part of your treatment.
So if you are looking for acupuncture in kent then send us a message and we will be happy to help you as best as we can.
Initial consultation is 45 minutes and treatment sessions are 30 minutes regardless of the therapies used.
Initial consultation is £48
Subsequent treatments are £44 (again regardless of therapies used.)