medical acupuncture

Bradbourne Osteopaths

Our highly skilled Osteopaths use medical acupuncture in conjunction with osteopathic treatment for a wide variety of conditions.

What is Medical Acupuncture?

Medical Acupuncture involves placing acupuncture needles into muscles and joints to affect the musculoskeletal system. It is also called Myofascial Acupuncture. Although the needles used are the same used in acupuncture, dry needling works on different principles to the traditional eastern models. Dry Needling is based on anatomy and physiology rather than Chinese meridians.

How does it work?

Dry Needling inhibits pain perception in the body through a number of mechanisms controlled by the nervous system. Treatment with dry needles also releases muscular tension and reduces knots in muscles, also known as muscular trigger points.

The exact theory about how dry needling reduces pain is still unclear. However evidence suggests that applying acupuncture needles into problematic areas elicits neurological and chemical changes in the body that modify our perception and response to pain. In clinical trails, this has proved valuable for patients with a long history of musculoskeletal pain.

What can be treated with dry needle therapy?

Dry Needling works well in conjunction with osteopathic treatment for a wide variety of conditions. Mostly commonly dry needles are used to treat:

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    Muscular Trigger Points

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    Plantar Fasciitis

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    Achilles Tendinopathy

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    Tennis or Golfers Elbow

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    Shoulder Impingement

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    Who can have treatment with Acupuncture needles?

    Most people can have dry needling treatment, including pregnant patients. However there are a few conditions and medications which mean the use of dry needling is not appropriate. These include blood clotting conditions and blood thinning medication. A full medical history will be taken by your practitioner before the use of any needles.

    What should I expect?

    When the acupuncture needle is placed in the skin most people are completely unaware, they do not feel any pain or discomfort. Sometimes however if a needle is placed on a muscular trigger point this may reproduce some symptoms of discomfort and the feeling of warmth. The needle is often only placed in the skin for a few moments and may be gently moved to re-stimulate the nerves in some cases. This again may cause some mild discomfort only. After dry needling treatment you may feel a little sore temporarily due to changes in blood flow and nerve stimulation. Response to dry needling treatment is different for everyone. Some people may respond quickly after one or two sessions whereas others can take longer.


    The practice has a calm friendly atmosphere, receptionists are lovely and the treatment is superb. Both myself and my husband have used their services with excellent results. Would and do highly recommend.

    C. Matthews

    A very warm and welcoming clinic with extremely professional staff. Ive had a problem with my shoulder for the past 10 months and the osteopath was able to get me on the road to recovery and diagnose the problem. I would recommend clinic to anyone seeking professional and high quality help.

    L. Corse

    My first experience of an Osteopath, very professional and I felt better as soon as I left. Very clean and calm environment with a lovely receptionist

    S. Butcher

    It was my second visit to Bradbourne Osteopathic today. What a lovely experience in peaceful surroundings. I’ve been suffering with restriction in my back for 2 weeks. It’s really eased. Staff are very knowledgeable and thorough . Felt like I was in good hands . Easy parking too

    L. Anthony

    Booked in last minute as struggled with pain in neck and lower back. Receptionist very helpful and accomadating. Saw Matt and he eased the pain dramatically. Been here before so knew I would get a great service as always.

    X. Xapilaou

    Fantastic service from booking in to treatment. Will definitely come back if I need to. The staff are so friendly and you are made to feel relaxed from the moment you walk in.

    I. Hall

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