Medical Acupuncture Edinburgh / Dry Needling Edinburgh by Advanced Sports Massage Therapist.
(Contact Matthew by text/email for 30-min appointments. For longer appointments you can book online)
30 mins: £25
1½ h: £65 (concessions available)
Matthew is one of the few therapists to be qualified in massage as well as Medical Acupuncture / Dry Needling in Edinburgh. Medical Acupuncture provides pain relief and releases muscle tension. As a result, it can be used to treat a range of painful conditions and sports injury, and to improve flexibility. Matthew uses single-use sterile needles. Health Insurance companies (eg ‘Simply Health’) will often pay for the cost of Medical Acupuncture / Dry Needling .
Acupuncture and Sports Massage
If you are interested in Medical Acupuncture, Matthew recommends incorporating this into a massage treatment. However, if you would prefer a treatment without massage that is also possible.
Typically Matthew applies the needles at the end of an Advanced Sports Massage treatment and allows the client to relax for 10 minutes while the acupuncture does its work.
Does acupuncture work?
Medical Acupuncture / Dry Needling has been adapted from Traditional Chinese Medicine. It uses current knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system, increasing blood flow and releasing your body’s natural pain-killers. If you are interested in the science behind this, read on.
Acupuncture gift vouchers are available.
How does it work?
Medical Acupuncture Edinburgh / Dry Needling Edinburgh relieves pain both locally (ie where the needle is placed) and globally (ie throughout the body). Placing a needle in the muscle releases hormones eg calcitonin. These increase the flow of blood to the area. Fresh blood brings oxygen to the area of pain, as well as removing irritant waste products. These local effects provide pain control.
In addition, messages are sent along the nerve from the acupuncture point to the spinal cord. Here, they block some of the pain messages, neutralizing them to prevent them from travelling up to the brain.
The global effects are stimulated by the brain itself: hormones called endorphins are released. These stimulate the brain to send a signal down the spinal cord, where natural feel-good chemicals (eg serotonin) are released.
“Various muscle aches and joint discomfort. Massage and acupuncture working still.”