Medical acupuncture, or dry needling, can relieve pain, decrease inflammation and relax muscles. Medical acupuncture is mainly used to treat musculo-skeletal pain, including tight knotted muscles, often called “trigger points”. It enables access to deeper tissues that may be difficult or too painful to massage. Acupuncture is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for low back pain and headaches.
Medical acupuncture is a form of therapy in which needles are inserted into specific points on the body to encourage healing and pain relief. These points can be tender areas in muscles or specific sites that stimulate nerves in the skin or muscle. Medical acupuncture is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture drawing upon a modern understanding of human anatomy and physiology to bring about changes in the nervous and musculoskeletal system.