Medical Acupuncture Clinic

Acupuncture can be helpful for treating inflamed or painful tissue, especially where it is too tender for deep massage treatments. Many patients feel an instantaneous pain-relieving effect during acupuncture treatment and find that it really ‘gets to the heart’ of tension and areas of discomfort. This pain-relieving effect builds up with a course of treatment.

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Medical acupuncture or dry needling

At Core Clinics all of our acupuncture practitioners have primary degree level qualifications in other healthcare disciplines, and most are regulated healthcare professionals. They therefore use acupuncture to best effect in combination with other treatment techniques

Currently NICE recommends considering acupuncture as a treatment option for:

There is also evidence for the use of acupuncture in the treatment of joint pain.

Generally a comfortable treatment to receive, acupuncture produces an immediate pain-relieving effect which is increased with subsequent treatments.

Works by generating the body’s ‘natural’ endorphins and biochemical responses which relieve pain and induce relaxation.

Can be combined with other treatments for maximum effect.

How we can
help you

Our team will be in touch as soon as possible to offer advice about the best approach for your problem, or to answer your questions.

Step 1

Book an initial assessment with any of our practitioners who offer acupuncture treatments.

Step 2

They will advise whether acupuncture is likely to benefit you, either as a standalone treatment or in combination.

Step 3

If you haven’t had acupuncture before you may like to have an initial try. While for most patients acupuncture is not painful and gives rapid pain relief, it’s a novel sensation that isn’t liked by everyone. If acupuncture’s not right for you we can make alternative suggestions.

Medical acupuncture

Medical Acupuncture Clinic

The type of acupuncture treatment we use at Core Clinics is sometimes called medical acupuncture or dry needling. This is different from ‘Traditional Acupuncture’ as practised by some acupuncturists in alternative therapy clinics.

Medical acupuncture (sometimes called Western acupuncture) is the use of acupuncture following a medical diagnosis. It works by using very fine needles to stimulate sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles. In response the body produces pain-relieving endorphins and other chemicals that are beneficial for healing.

All of the practitioners who use acupuncture at Core Clinics have trained in this technique at post-graduate level – following a physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic or sports therapy degree. As such, they combine acupuncture in the most appropriate way with other therapeutic interventions including manual therapy, shockwave therapy and self-care advice.

However, if you’re interested in trying acupuncture as a standalone treatment we can also offer this.

Medical acupuncture (as distinct from traditional / Chinese acupuncture) is primarily used by physical therapists like physiotherapists as part of their treatment protocols to help treat pain and irritation in the muscles and soft tissue.

There is very good scientific evidence showing that acupuncture can help with short term relief of knee, neck and low back pain, and tension type headaches and migraine. It has also been shown to relieve nausea and vomiting in some situations.

sports therapy

Jack Hinks

Sports Therapist

Core Clinics Chiropractors

Joanna Lowry-Corry

Doctor of chiropractic

Osteopathy Core Clinics

Katie North


Core Clinics Chiropractors

Emma Rush

Doctor of chiropractic


Frequently asked questions

Our health and wellness centre is a holistic clinic where clinicians and therapists with different skillsets work together to achieve the best outcomes for our patients. Medical clinics typically focus more on conditions and symptoms, which might be treated with pharmaceuticals or surgical interventions. Alternative and complimentary health clinics typically take a holistic approach to client care, seeking to address underlying causes of symptoms such as stress, poor nutrition, or psychological issues. There is typically more evidence for medical interventions than for complementary healthcare – but that doesn’t mean that complementary treatments can’t be effective – it can just mean that nobody has funded research. In our clinic we seek to combine the best of care for which there is high quality evidence, delivered by regulated healthcare professionals, with complementary healthcare modalities, which support patients’ overall wellbeing.

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Treatment plans and therapies

We’ll give you a very clear diagnosis and prognosis so that you know exactly where you stand and what you can expect from working with us.

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Tailored to your needs

We’ll explain in detail our recommended treatment approach and give you lots of advice for self-care. If we feel you’d be better served with another clinical professional, we’ll let you know and arrange a referral.

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