A Weekend of Medical Acupuncture

25 May 2016 | Laura

At the beginning of June, Kirsten and Laura changed their names to “pin cushion” and “colander” and headed over to Edinburgh to complete their certification in medical acupuncture. Armed with 2400 needles, 20 practitioners, a mixture of chiropractors, physiotherapists, osteopaths, and massage therapists learnt how to tackle a variety of musculoskeletal complaints.

Medical acupuncture is an adaption of the traditional Chinese method. It uses fine needles to stimulate the nerves in the skin and muscle. This increases the blood supply to the area, as well as stimulating a release of endorphin and serotonin, the body’s natural painkillers.

First we discussed the safety aspects and contraindications before moving onto examining the scientific evidence and current research.

The majority of the weekend was spent practicing the technique itself, the best way to learn you ask… practice on each other!

Since the weekend Kirsten and Laura have both been using medical acupuncture for a variety of complaints such as muscular tightness, shoulder pain, knee pain and back pain.

Medical acupuncture can be used alongside chiropractic techniques and/or taping, or it can be used on its own. Speak to Kirsten and Laura at your next appointment if you would like to give it a try. If you’re interested, but aren’t currently a patient at the practice, give us a call to book a consultation!