Acupuncture is primarily divided into two forms, based on a traditional Chinese or the western medical model. I practise the latter. Western medical Acupuncture takes the techniques of the Chinese system and applies them within the framework of anatomy and physiology, this dovetails very neatly with my Osteopathic training and practice.
I believe that Acupuncture is a useful addition to my Osteopathic practise and will incorporate it within my treatment if it is appropriate and my patient is happy for me to do so.
Acupuncture works through stimulation of the nervous system by the insertion of very fine needles into the skin and superficial tissues. It is often painless but some people feel a slight scratch on insertion and perhaps a slight ache while the needle is in. Each needle remains in place for only a few seconds. The needles are for single use only and are then safely disposed of, there is therefore no risk of infection.