Osteopathy and medical acupuncture in Northwood (covering Pinner, Ruislip, Rickmansworth, Eastcote, South Oxhey, Moor Park, Herts, Harefield, Middlesex), Braintree (covering Great Notley, Great Dunmow, Halstead, Stisted, Felstead, Stebbing) 

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Medical Acupuncture (dry needling) Northwood and Braintreee

Medical Acupuncture is a treatment which involves the insertion of special needles.  These needles are single-use (ie are disposed off immediately) and are incredibly smooth and fine, around a third of a millimeter in diameter.  Medical acupuncture is based on anatomy, physiology and how the nervous system & circulation work - this means that it is different from traditional acupuncture, which is based on concepts of qi (vital energy).

Medical acupuncture can relieve symptoms of some physical and psychological conditions and may encourage the patient's body to heal and repair itself, if it is able to do so.

Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle, and can produce a variety of effects. We know that it increases 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 nervous system, muscle tone, hormone outputs, circulation for example.

Source: British Medical Acupuncture Society

Does it hurt?
Acupuncture does not normally hurt, although most patients do feel the needle going in and sometimes it can feel like a pin-prick. 

With the patient consent, we incorporate medical acupuncture into osteopathy treatments at no extra charge.