Acupuncture Therapies Explained

At Durham Family Chiropractic, some of our practitioners offer Dry Needling and Western Medical Acupuncture, as part of their wider treatment approach. Here is a simple explanation of the Acupuncture therapies we have to offer:

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Acupuncture was originally used as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is a technique that uses fine needles inserted into specific points in the body to bring about an energetic response. Western scientists took this idea and researched 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 treating many types of physical and chemical problems in the body.

Dry needling is a very basic form of acupuncture and is a common technique among 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.

Amy Burrell is trained extensively in all aspects of Chinese medical and acupuncture theory with a focus on the five-element approach. This means that Amy will consider your main health problem, together with a holistic approach to you as an individual. If you are interested in booking a session of acupuncture or have more questions please give us a call.