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Acupuncture In Bedford
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years across the world and modern research continues to show its effectiveness for a number of problems. There are problems that massage alone won’t cure, and this is where acupuncture steps in. At our acupuncture clinic in Bedford, we specialise in dry needling, a modern adaptation of traditional Chinese acupuncture.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does Acupuncture do?
Acupuncture helps problematic muscles to reconnect with the brain and stimulate your body’s natural pain-killing chemicals (endorphins). Acupuncture has been shown to be particularly effective in treating relentless muscular problems and can be quite relaxing.
What kind of needles are used during acupuncture?
The needles we use are extremely fine and are inserted for a few seconds to several minutes depending on the symptoms of your condition.
Does acupuncture hurt?
The sensation of acupuncture varies from person to person – some people feel a warm ache, while others feel nothing at all. Acupuncture on the extremities like fingers and toes can sometimes be a little sharp, but the sensation is usually brief.
How is Dry Needle Acupuncture different from the traditional Chinese method?
At our acupuncture clinic in Bedford, we practice a form of acupuncture called Myofascial Trigger Point Dry Needling (Dry Needling for short!) This is different from the traditional Chinese method. The ancient beliefs of ‘yin’, ‘yang’, and the energy ‘qi’ are substituted for a combined knowledge of physiology and pathology, anatomy, and the common principles of evidence-based medicine.
What is Dry Needle Acupuncture?
Dry needle acupuncture is a treatment involving a needle being inserted into a trigger point of a muscle. A trigger point is an area of tightness in a muscle that is tender when pressure is put on it. They can be a source of pain and can commonly refer pain to different areas, each muscle has its own referral pattern. A muscle in the shoulder might often cause referral of pain into the hand or arm.
What conditions can Dry Needle Acupuncture treat?
Many conditions can benefit from dry needling. These include knee pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, muscle spasms, and repetitive strain injuries.
Is there any scientific proof that acupuncture works?
Yes, plenty, but it’s worth noting that the scientific community is still undecided on many claims due to the difficulty of studying them. If you have a specific condition it may be advisable to research its effectiveness in treating your particular condition or giving us a call first to discuss your needs.
What does acupuncture do?
There are too many benefits to list, but one of the most interesting things that acupuncture does is to help reduce the amount of pain you feel. It does this by acting on the pain control centers of the brain. It also helps stimulate blood circulation to the area being treated, which is a really useful aspect when dealing with muscular injuries.
What if I’m scared of needles?
It’s worth noting that an acupuncture needle is nothing like a hypodermic needle used for injections. They are much, much smaller. Ten or more needles would fit inside a standard hypodermic needle.
Is it safe?
If done correctly, yes. All our acupuncture therapists providing this service are qualified and insured to do so.
How big are acupuncture needles?
The needles we use are between 25-75mm in length and between 0.22-0.33mm thick. By comparison, a human hair is about 0.1mm thick.
Does it cost extra to have acupuncture?
No. All treatments at The Body Sage Clinic are the same price and include acupuncture if requested or required at no extra cost.
Can I book an acupuncture session on its own?
Yes, just let us know if that’s what you want, or if booking online select the appropriate appointment from the list of options provided.
At The Body Sage Clinic we base our treatments around you and your specific needs. Whether you’re looking to reduce pain, soothe injured muscles or helping get your fitness goals on track, our great team is here to help you get the most out of your sports massage.
We are a certified acupuncture clinic in Bedford that specialises in dry needling. Dry needling is a modern adaptation of traditional Chinese acupuncture as it helps problematic muscles to reconnect with the brain and stimulate your body’s natural pain-killing chemicals.
Deep tissue massage is a generic term to describe any form of massage that penetrates beyond the layers of the skin and into the muscles. As such many different types of massage therapy can be considered as a deep tissue treatment and will vary greatly.