Traditional acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese principles of healthcare and disease, treating the whole person by understanding imbalances and stimulating self healing. Treatment is with needles along energy / meridian lines and will involve extensive consultaion and exploration of diet and lifestyle factors.
Traditional acupuncture can be particularly beneficial for women's health and fertility.
Dry needling, which is sometimes referred to as Western or 'medical' acupuncture is used more specifically in areas of muscle tightness as part of a sports massage treatment to release tension or spasm and ease inflammation.
Watch an overview of traditional acupuncture with Philippa: