A comprehensive and practical handbook to medical acupuncture for treating musculoskeletal (MSK) problems. Perfect for use in clinic, it includes fully-illustrated instruction on MSK medical acupuncture and electro-acupuncture points and techniques, guidance on safety and treatment planning and overviews of the theory behind the practice.
Designed to be a go-to reference for assessment and treatment planning in the clinic, this is a clear and concise handbook for students and practitioners of dry needling, or medical acupuncture. It includes:
- Comprehensive medical illustrations demonstrating trigger point locations and associated pain referral patterns
- Easy-to-follow instructions and photographs demonstrating musculoskeletal dry needling points and electroacupuncture techniques
- Dedicated section on the acupuncture treatment of tendinopathy
- Vital information on palpation and correct needling techniques
- Practical guidance on best practice, safety and treatment planning
- Overviews of the history and key principles of Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture
- Up-to-date research on the effect of acupuncture in the treatment of MSK conditions, myofascial pain, trigger points (MTrPS), fascia and pain.
The book will be an essential aid for osteopaths, physiotherapists, sports rehabilitators, chiropractors, massage therapists, as well as traditional acupuncturists wishing to understand a Western approach on acupuncture. Other health professionals incorporating, or looking to incorporate dry needling into their treatment programme, will also find this book an invaluable resource.
Section 1. Background. 1. Introduction. 2. A Short History of Acupuncture. Section 2. Theories around Medical Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. 3. Myofascial Pain and Trigger Points (MTrPS). 4. Physiological Mechanism of Acupuncture in Pain Control. 5. Unifying Theories of Acupuncture: Fascia, Piezoelectricity and Embryology. 6. The Effects and Effectiveness of Medical Acupuncture for Treating Pain. Section 3. Getting Started. 7. Current Safety of Medical Acupuncture. 8. Palpation. 9. Deqi. 10. Planning Your Treatment. Section 4. Using the Needles. 11. Muscles: Technique and Clinical Implications. 12. Electro-Acupuncture. 13. Acupuncture and the Treatment of Tendinopathy.
'An excellent introduction for the manual therapist wishing to add dry needling
to their clinical skills repertoire. The clear explanations and anatomical illustrations
make for a great reference book.'
- Sally Scott BSc. Hons (Chiro), Chiropractor
'All readers interested in the field of Manual Therapy will find much to stimulate
their thinking in this book. By exploring the inter-relationships between Traditional
Chinese Acupuncture and its modern day off shoot, Western Medical Acupuncture,
this book eloquently simplifies and edifies the reader's understanding of Western
Medical Acupuncture techniques and philosophy. Backed up by the latest research,
this comprehensive text is a must for Manual Therapists wishing to incorporate
safe and highly effective needling techniques into their treatment protocols.'
- David Farrelly, Osteopath and Owner of Bodyworks Manual Therapy Training
'As acupuncture comes to be ever more widely utilised in the West, there has
been a chronic need for a good text which facilitates its expert application
by Western Health professionals: this book meets that need very well. Excellently
researched and illustrated, it marks a milestone in the West's creation of its
own paradigm for acupuncture, and is a vital handbook for all Western acupuncturists.'
- Henry McGrath MA MTh MATCM, former Academic Director and Acupuncture Course Director, College of Naturopathic Medicine, and author of ‘Traditional Chinese Medicine Approaches to Cancer’
'Written by practicing MSK clinicians, this dynamic and focused handbook distinguishes
itself in immediate practicality. Carefully researched and with illustrations
of Netter-like quality, its evidence base is a study in duality, thoughtfully
reconnecting the green shoots of cutting edge medicine to ancient roots of traditional
- James Inklebarger MD, Specialist MSK Doctor and Osteopath