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About modern acupuncture

Acupuncture has been practised over thousands of years. It is one of the most practised “complementary” therapies worldwide and has a lot of evidence in its favour.


Modern acupuncture or Dry Needling seeks to understand why acupuncture works from a modern orthodox western perspective. It looks closely at muscular anatomy and seeks to remedy pain by using needles over painful/tender bands of muscle(s) (trigger points) and to attempt to deactivate them.



Electro acupuncture is a stronger method whereby a current is passed through the needle and into the muscle. This technique is useful for ongoing/chronic pain. Whereas acupuncture needles are often not felt, electro acupuncture seeks a response from the patient who can control the strength of the current. It will be used to treat the same musculoskeletal pains as mentioned in About Osteopathy.

Graham generally uses acupuncture alongside osteopathy. If your preference is for acupuncture only, Graham is happy to treat this way.

Graham does not use acupuncture to treat infertility or menopause, but is happy to treat headaches (as per NICE guidelines), fibromyalgia and irritable bowel, either on its own or together with other techniques.

"I was diagnosed with 
knee arthritis and, as well as being stiff, they can get very sore.  I have been having regular sessions of electro acupuncture with Graham and I find it has made my symptoms far more manageable."

Mrs I Frith, SE London