Traditional Chinese Acupuncture – How Does Dry Needling Differ From Acupuncture?

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At The Regency Clinic, you can now receive Traditional Chinese Acupuncture with our experienced Oriental Therapist, Maxine Bocock.

You may have received dry-needling as part of your treatment with a physiotherapist, chiropractor or other therapist.   This can be misinterpreted as acupuncture, but in fact it is very different to traditional acupuncture.

So what’s the difference?

If you are thinking acupuncture’s all about meridians and Chi ‘mumbo-jumbo’, a bit alternative or not really for you………read on.

Dry Needling is predominantly comprised of acupuncture techniques which treat neuro-musculoskeletal systems, based on pain patterns, muscular dysfunction and other orthopedic signs and symptoms. Trigger points and painful areas are needled with acupuncture needles.  This causes stimulation which sends a message throughout the body, creating an inflammatory response, to promote healing. It is usually performed by manual therapists, alongside other techniques such as soft tissue work and/or joint manipulation. In Traditional Chinese Medicine this is termed ‘ahshi’ needling.

Traditional acupuncture uses a combination of this Ahshi needling, along with the needling of other related points in the body, (such as the points for causative factors including stress and metabolic problems) which will also have a positive affect the painful / problematic area being treated.  This essentially gives a more comprehensive treatment of the body, as well as just the physical symptoms and therefore can lead to a better result.

Traditional acupuncture can be used to resolve a number of problems when the origin is endocrine system based. What’s really exciting about this is that MANY common problems have their root cause within a hormonal or nervous system imbalance or disruption, because of the effect on the sympathetic or parasympathetic nervous systems. So, the great news is that there is a drug free, successful treatment option. When you think about it, everything from low mood through migraine to infertility…acupuncture can treat them all.

10 things Acupuncture can successfully treat:

  1. Pain
  2. Infertility
  3. Menstrual Problems
  4. Stress Related Illness
  5. Menopausal Difficulties
  6. Migraines
  7. Emotional/Mood Disorder
  8. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  9. Acute Illness such as Common Cold
  10. Illness Prevention

Maxine (who is now in her 18th year of clinical practice) has completed a course on acupuncture for assisted conception, where the focus is largely around supporting couples going through the IVF process and beyond in terms of helping prevent miscarriage. Later this year she will also be completing a course in acupuncture for male infertility, which is on the increase in the UK.

Maxine is in the clinic on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, when she will be delighted to help you on your path to enjoying better health in a pain free body.

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