Ive been chatting to few people about acupuncture and the benefits of receiving treatments this week and there seems to be a trend that constantly seems to be raised 'I've had acupuncture and it did nothing for me'. When querying a little deeper as to the qualifications of their Acupuncturist and as to why they had treatment, the resounding response is they had needling for a musculoskeletal issue.
When studying my BSc (Hons) in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, we had numerous days of Physiotherapists and Specialists lecturing us and undertaking practicals, and our first year of study was predominantly focused on the anatomy and physiology of the human body. This was invaluable for me as I can recognise issues now so that I can refer to specialists, if I think acupuncture treatment will not be of benefit for the patient.
Acupuncture is more than 'dry needling'. Each case I treat is different, and although 'lower back pain' may sound like a broad and general complaint that patients present with, we differentiate further and often won't even insert a needle in your back.
So don't be surprised if you come for treatment with a back issue, and I insert a needle at the back or side of your knees, or even in your ankle. Or as a current patient comes in for frozen shoulder treatment chuckling and requesting 'can you treat my frozen shoulder by treating my shin and toes again please?'. Of course I can!