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At Lushington we offer Western Medical Acupuncture (also known as Dry Needling) by fully qualified chiropractors and massage therapists who have completed additional training to become fully proficient.

FAQs About Western Acupuncture (Dry Needling)

What is it?
Chiropractic and Acupuncture
How Much is Western Acupuncture (Dry Needling)?
What Should I Expect on my First Visit?
Which Chiropractors do Acupuncture?
Some Testimonials
What does Acupuncture Feel Like?
Is Acupuncture Safe? Does Acupuncture Hurt?
How Many Treatments will I Need?

Western Medical Acupuncture (Dry Needling)

What is it?
Western Medical Acupuncture has evolved from Chinese Acupuncture and is also called Dry Needling; ‘dry’ because there is no injection of fluids through the very fine needles used. It is a modern adaptation of Chinese Acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and its practitioners no longer adhere to concepts such as Yin/Yang and circulation of qi. It is also considered to be part of conventional medicine rather than “alternative”, and is principally used by conventional healthcare practitioners, most commonly in primary care.

Western Medical Acupuncture can be used to treat musculoskeletal pain and to give adjunctive relief from the pain of tension-type headaches, migraines, chronic low back pain, chronic neck pain, temporomandibular (jaw) pain and osteoarthritis knee pain (committee of Advertising Practice (CAP), July 2013).

Acupuncture has been widely researched and has been found to have the following effects:
It stimulates the nervous system
It triggers the body to produces pain-relieving substances such as endorphins and serotonin in the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain. This modifies the way pain signals are received.
It improves circulation to the area
It decreases muscle tightness which can have the effect of…
Increasing joint flexibility
(Reference: Western medical acupuncture: a definition. Acupunct Med 2009; volume 27:33-35)

Chiropractic and Acupuncture
Are you interested in having acupuncture as part of your treatment? Just let your chiropractor know when you see them and they will discuss the potential benefits with you. If you’re chiropractor’s not qualified in acupuncture as well, then they will refer you to a colleague who is.

If you’re particularly interested in having acupuncture as part of your treatment then we recommend you see Victoria White DC,LRCC,MChiro,MA(Oxon), Doctor of Chiropractic as she’s the most experienced and qualified I it. They will always recommend what they think is best for you. However, they like to know if you have a preference.

How Much is Western Acupuncture (Dry Needling)?
Your first session will be a normal chiropractic consultation, which takes about an hour. If you’re interested in having acupuncture then please make sure you ask to book in your consultation with one of the chiropractors qualified to use it.

The chiropractor will assess your case carefully and work out the best type of treatment for you. They will usually combine chiropractic, massage, stretches etc with acupuncture. However, if you only want acupuncture and not the chiropractic treatment then that’s fine too. Just tell the chiropractor when you see them. They’ll understand. It is still important that they review your case properly so that they can properly plan what you need.

If you’ve already been here for treatment before then just let the receptionist know when you book, as the chiropractor can make use of your previous notes.

Consultation £49
Treatment £35

To book, call the clinic direct on 01323 722499.

What Should I Expect on my First Visit?
Your first visit will be a detailed consultation to find out what’s wrong and what needs to be done about it. Our chiropractors are always very thorough and will want to get to the root of the problem for you.

Initially you’ll be greeted by a receptionist who’ll ask you to complete a short health questionnaire. The chiropractor will then ask you some questions and carry out an appropriate examination. If necessary they may even refer you for x-rays. At the end of the consultation they’ll explain what they’ve found and what your treatment plan will be, answering all your questions.

A typical course of acupuncture treatment consists of 5-8 sessions but really depends on the individual. The treatment itself involves fine needles being inserted through the skin and briefly left in position, and sometimes manual stimulation is applied to assist the process. Treatment might be once a week to begin with, then at longer intervals as the condition improves.

Which Chiropractors do Acupuncture?
Victoria White DC, LRCC, MChiro, MA(Oxon) Doctor of Chiropractic, is fully qualified in the use of acupuncture as well as all of her chiropractic qualifications. She is a member of the British Chiropractic Association and is registered with the General Chiropractic Council. Her first degree was in Biological Sciences, which she studied at Oxford University. She then went on to study Chiropractic. She graduated from the Anglo European College of Chiropractic with her Masters in Chiropractic (MChiro). 

As well as her Chiropractic training, Victoria has carried out postgraduate studies in dry needling (Acupuncture) which is useful in pain management for certain conditions.

Victoria uses a variety of different techniques which can be adapted for all ages and stages of life. She works with her patients not only to improve their health in the short term but also, with lifestyle advice, aims to help them maintain pain-free mobility. She loves using acupuncture to compliment her existing chiropractic skills or on its own. Some patients see her just for acupuncture, safe in the knowledge that they are in expert and very highly qualified hands.

To book, or if you’d like to speak to Victoria first, then call the clinic direct on 01323 722499.

Some of Victoria White’s Testimonials

I could not believe the difference it made . . . I had treatment on my knees, my back and my shoulders. She is certainly a very intelligent and articulate lady who knows her subject. After each session I walk out feeling so much better. I have no hesitation in recommending her.
Les (Chiropractic patient)

Throughout my treatments Vicky has been FIRST CLASS, always explaining what’s happening, is easy to talk to and takes an interest in you as a person – not just a patient. She’s a lovely lady.

As a whole, LUSHINGTON CHIROPRACTIC has done wonders for me. I recommend this practice for the friendliness of the reception staff and professionalism of the Chiropractors.
David (Chiropractic patient)

I’ve referred some of my patient’s to see Vicky for acupuncture and have had it myself. I’ve been really impressed with the results.

As well as being very professional, calm and friendly, Vicky certainly gets the results.
James Revell – Chiropractor

What does Acupuncture Feel Like?
You may feel a slight prick or tap when the needle is inserted, but it is much less than the sensation you would feel during an injection since the needles are much finer. You may feel a heaviness, numbness, tingling or dull ache after the needles have been inserted and this is a normal part of the treatment.

Is Acupuncture Safe? Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Acupuncture is a very safe treatment option. At Lushington, we use "Clean Needle Technique" which involves using a brand-new set of thin, sterile and disposable needles for each patient.

Western Medical Acupuncture usually causes an aching sensation during the session because the needles are inserted into the very tender, tight muscles that are causing your neck/low back pain or headaches. This aching is perfectly normal. However, we will always work well within your own pain tolerance and can remove the needles at any time.

How Many Treatments will I Need?
One acupuncture session may make you feel temporarily better, but to make a lasting difference a course is required. In general, the longer you have suffered from your condition the more treatments you’ll need. An initial consultation is necessary to evaluate your body condition, which is when the chiropractor will tell you what to expect. 

Our chiropractors have many other treatment techniques available to them in addition to acupuncture, so you are likely to get better results than if you have only had acupuncture with other therapists before.