Sam has trained with the British Medical Acupuncture Society to be able to provide acupuncture as an additional therapy to complement his osteopathic practice. Although acupuncture is used for a huge variety of conditions, Sam only uses it in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. Patients are never obliged to agree to the use of acupuncture but may be offered this option where Sam feels it is appropriate.
What is medical acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an increasingly popular form of treatment involving the insertion of fine needles into specific points of the body. The British Medical Acupuncture Society trains licensed healthcare practitioners to provide acupuncture alongside their mainstream practice.
Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in the skin and muscle and can produce a variety of effects. We know that it increases the body's release of natural painkillers in the spinal cord and brain. This modifies the way pain signals are processed. However, acupuncture also appears to have a beneficial effect on health. Patients often notice an improved sense of well-being after treatment.
Sam will assess each patient's case and treatment will be tailored to the individual. Sam understands that not everyone is comfortable with needles, so let him know if you'd rather avoid this form of treatment.