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Western Medical Acupuncture


 

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Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle, and can produce a variety of effects. It has been shown to increase the body's release of natural painkillers - endorphin and serotonin - in the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain. This modifies the way pain signals are received. Modern research shows that acupuncture can affect most of the body's systems.

 

The practitioner will assess the patient’s problem at the first appointment and treatment will be chosen for the individual. At this appointment the treatment is often minimal to assess the patient’s response.

 

Fine needles are inserted through the skin and left in position briefly, sometimes with manual or electrical stimulation. The number of needles varies but may be only two or three.

 

Treatment might be once a week to begin with, then at longer intervals as the condition responds.


In light of the evidence reviewed, CAP accepts that practitioners of acupuncture may provide the following:

  • Short-term improvement in the symptoms of overactive bladder syndrome (through electro-acupuncture at the SP6 point)
  • Short-term relief of tension type headaches
  • Short-term relief of migraine headache
  • Short-term relief of chronic low back pain
  • Short-term relief of neck pain or chronic neck pain
  • Short-term relief from temporomandibular (TMD/TMJ) pain
  • Temporary adjunctive treatment for osteoarthritis knee pain