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Our acupuncturists have undergone training with the British Medical Acupuncture Society and offer medical acupuncture, or “dry needling” in combination with osteopathy.

Acupuncture has been used for hundreds of years as a method of relieving pain and curing disease, but until recently we have known little about the way in which it works and how it reduces pain.

Advances in modern medicine have now allowed us to understand the mechanism of action, and provide evidence for the effectiveness of treatment. Studies have shown that acupuncture can reduce pain by altering the way in which neurones in the brain respond to a painful stimulus. CAT scans of brain activity during an acupuncture treatment have shown that the areas of the brain involved in pain recognition are actually reduced.

We also have evidence to show that acupuncture reduces inflammation in the body and promotes healing, by stimulating the body’s own anti-inflammatory response. Hospitals are using acupuncture to promote wound-healing, reduce nausea and sickness after an operation, and even to help control pain during labour.


So, what can acupuncture do for me?

  • It is helpful in reducing pain and swelling in arthritic joints
  • It is effective in the treatment of headache and migraine
  • It provides quick relief from tense/taut muscles and muscle spasm
  • It is widely used for treating sports injuries such as tennis elbow and  Achilles tendonitis 
  • It can help to reduce morning sickness in the early stages of pregnancy


Does it hurt?

Acupuncture is a gentle form of treatment and generally causes little discomfort. Some people experience a very brief sharpness as the needle enters the skin (as if you had pricked your finger with a pin), but many people are not aware of any sensation at all. It is fairly common to have an awareness of the needle in place, with a mild dull ache sensation.  

All needles used are sterile, disposable needles, so there is no risk of infection. If you regularly give blood, just ask for a certificate to show that your acupuncturist is properly trained and registered, and uses acupuncture in a safe, medical environment.


How much does it cost?

It is £52 for the initial consultation and £42 for follow-up acupunture treatments at our Heworth practice, whether the treatment is acupuncture, osteopathy or a combination of the two. More about your treatment costs.





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