Medical Acupuncture

At BodyCare Sport Injury Specialists, Medical Acupuncture (also known as Dry Needling) is practised. This is the process by which needles are inserted following Western approved anatomy and physiology which differs from Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Medical acupuncture does not claim to treat every condition as each treatment is personalised to the specific requirements of the patients and the treatment strategy.

How does it work?

Inserting a needle into the body is thought to create a cascade of reactions which intern helps the relief of pain previously felt around the injection site. It has been thought that the local tissue stimulation caused by the injection may have an effect on healing whereas before this may have been delayed because of the delayed tissue response.

Myofascial Trigger Point

The trigger point technique (localised areas of muscle that are highly irritable) is used to sedate these points and the pain they cause. Trigger points are palpated and classed as tender nodules within a localised, taut band of muscle where range of motion may be somewhat restricted. Palpation over a trigger point may make the patient flinch or elicit a jump sign due to the pressure.

What can be treated?

  • Back Pain (Thoracic/Lumbar)
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Headaches (Cervical Pain)
  • Golfers Elbow
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Gluteal Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Hamstring Pain
  • Anterior/Lateral Lower Leg Pain
  • Calf Pain

Treatment areas do not have to be treated separately; combinations of areas can be treated as long as they are exposed.

Possible Side Effects

  • Tiredness and relaxation
  • Pain within first 24-48 hours
  • Hematoma
  • Nausea and dizziness
  • Fainting

Throughout the whole treatment you will be asked how you feel. If at any point you experience any unpleasant feeling no matter how little, the needles will be removed.