Manipulation has been recommended by The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) for the treatment of low back pain. Osteopathy is used to treat many problems related to the musculoskeletal system. At our practice in Harrogate our osteopaths use acupuncture by itself and also in a combination with osteopathy. Our practitioners use acupuncture because if its positive effects in its control of pain and also it is effective in the treatment of many conditions.
Traditional Chinese acupuncture treats the whole person, body and mind, and not just symptoms. It’s been researched, refined and developed for centuries. Originating in China over 2500 years ago it is a complete system of diagnosis and treatment. In Chinese medicine balance is restored when there is harmony between Yin and Yang. Where balance fails there is disharmony. Yin and Yang represent the interdependence between opposite things. Traditionally all the functions of a healthy body were seen to be governed by the flow of energy (Chi or Qi). Where this flow was disrupted disharmony or disease will ensue. Through acupuncture, the normal flow of energy can be restored.
Acupuncture is now widely used and accepted all over the world and from a western point of view it is apparent that acupuncture works as there is good scientific evidence to demonstrate this.
Medical or western acupuncture uses knowledge if anatomy, physiology and pathology and is an adaption of Traditional Chinese acupuncture. The intellectual approach may be different but the practical application of treatment is often indistinguishable. All practitioners are registered with the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS).