In this blog post, we take a look at some of the various Acupuncture therapies and explain them.
Acupuncture was originally used as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is a technique that uses fine needles which are inserted into specific points in the body to bring about an energetic response. Western scientists took this idea and carried out research on the specific effects of acupuncture on the body and documented what physical and chemical changes occurred. This forms the basis for Western Medical Acupuncture (WMA). WMA is therefore an evidence-based technique that can be recommended for the treatment of many types of physical and chemical problems in the body.
Dry needling is a very basic form of acupuncture and is a common technique amongst physical therapists. This technique is aimed at reducing tension and improving blood flow within muscles as well as improving blood flow around joints.
Battlefield acupuncture (BFA) is another variation which involves the insertion of tiny needles into the ear to bring about a physical and chemical response. BFA is more commonly used for pain relief, reducing stress, anxiety and certain hormonal imbalances. BFA was developed by a military doctor and was initially used to treat injured soldiers who were not able to take opioid based pain medication.
WMA, BFA and dry needling may be used on their own or as part of a wider treatment approach.
If you are interested in any of these Acupuncture therapies available at Durham Family Chiropractic, please get in touch with us. You can book a free review here or call to discuss your needs on 0191 375 7600.