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Acupuncture* for Sports Injuries & Dry Needling

My original post-graduate training was with OMT training in Medical Acupuncture (i.e. Dry Needling). Medical acupuncturists are trained in a westernized form of acupuncture, its primary objective to treat painful ‘trigger points’ in the bodies muscles. An active trigger point is a hypersensitive point in the muscle or connective tissue (fascia), which causes local or referred pain. Needling of indicated active (pain causing) trigger points during medical acupuncture treatment works to treat musculoskeletal issues by reducing pain, easing muscle spasm and facilitating the bodies self healing mechanisms. Many theories exist to explain acupuncture’s pain-reducing effects, which are believed to include local, spinal-segmental and central neurophysiological mechanisms. 

In 2024 Kipp attended a further 'Acupuncture Techniques for Sports Injuries' course at the Bodymaster school, with renowned lecturer and Chinese acupuncturist, Bernard Nolan. Unlike the OMT course this was very much from a Chinese/TCM perspective, and covered many useful Chinese acupoints for the treatment of pain/injury. This masterclass also covered new advanced Dry Needling techniques for pain, injuries and RSI's.  

Medical Acupuncture has proven particularly beneficial in treating acute & pain, headaches, sciatica, tendinopathies (including tendinitis), muscular spasm, cricked necks, arthritis and muscular strains/sprains.

*Please note: I am not a Chinese Acupuncturist, nor claiming to be. If you require acupuncture for chronic illness or mood disorders, please see a Chinese Acupuncturist.

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