There are two main forms of acupuncture and they can be quite different. This clinic can offer traditional Chinese acupuncture and dry needle techniques for muscles, tendons, joints, tension and pain relief.
Traditional Chinese acupuncture originated over 2000 years ago and uses principles of Qi (the body's energy force) and yin and yang to identify injury and disruption to homeostasis. This form of acupuncture is thought to enhance normal awareness of the body, reset and stimulate the body to heal the area in question.
Dry needle trigger point is not technically considered acupuncture, however it still uses the same needles but in a different way. Dry needle acupuncture targets the myofascial trigger points which targets where the nerve and the muscle meet. This releases muscle tension and relaxes the muscle by stimulating and pulsing the needle until it releases.
Dry needle acupuncture is a similar concept to sports massage and trigger pointing techniques and therefore is a useful addition to treatment to release muscle tension. However, this can be a strong and sometimes uncomfortable sensation. Please discuss this with us if you are unsure about these techniques.
Our clinic offers acupuncture from qualified physiotherapists for the local areas of Watford, Northwood, Rickmansworth, Bushey and Croxley Green.
If you wish to book an appointment for acupuncture, or have any further questions about massage, please see the links below.