- Julien Prosnier
- Rhys Bastable
Western Medical Acupuncture is mainly practiced by conventional doctors, osteopaths, physiotherapists, nurses and other healthcare practitioners working within Western healthcare and is largely used as pain relief for musculoskeletal disorders.
It is method of treatment which involves the placement of needles in myofascial trigger points, resulting in the release of chemicals that promote healing and the return of the body to a normal healthy functioning.
The practitioner will first assess you, then tailor the treatment accordingly to suit you individually. It’s common for the osteopath to use western acupuncture in conjunction with osteopathic techniques during the same, or subsequent visits. This will be explained to you before treatment is started.
- Julien Prosnier
Traditional or Eastern Acupuncture is method of treatment based on ancient principles of Chinese Medicine that date back to nearly 2000 years ago. It is a method of treatment based on influencing the body, by inserting needles into specific sites of the body, called “acupoints”. Eastern acupuncture aims to return the body to a state of equilibrium - it looks at the body as a whole and sees pain and illness as signs that the body is out of its normal balance.
Whilst the tradition of eastern acupuncture is routed in ancient medicine, this form of treatment is well suited to modern life. The perceived links between the physical, mental and emotional reflect the way that different aspects of our lives are interconnected.
Eastern acupuncture uses extremely subtle techniques for diagnosis, with a strong focus on the individual, rather than their pain or illness – symptoms are seen to be interrelated. Whilst two people may receive the same western diagnosis, it’s likely that traditional acupuncture treatments will differ.
Some conditions which Western and Eastern Acupuncture have been found to help with are:
- Short-term relief of tension type headaches
- Short-term relief of migraine headaches
- Short-term relief of chronic lower back pain
- Short-term relief of neck pain or chronic neck pain
- Temporary adjunctive treatment for osteoarthritis knee pain