Discover the Benefits
of Medical Acupuncture
Welcome to Philippe Mathon Practice, where we specialise in medical acupuncture. Our goal is to provide our clients with a holistic approach to health and wellness. We believe that with a combination of traditional Chinese medicine and modern techniques, we can provide the best care possible. We are dedicated to ensuring that each client feels heard, understood, and comfortable throughout their visit.
Medical Acupuncture is often referred to as myofascial trigger point dry needling.
Pain is the body's alarm signal: medical acupuncture offers a number of tried and tested formulae that can be used to identify some of the underlying causes of that pain and will help relieve pain the shortest possible space of time, often using specific points, called myofascial trigger points.
A trigger point is a small area of tightly knotted muscle fibres. These knots develop when the muscle overworks, contracts and then doesn’t relax. In addition to creating a painful, hard, knot, the ongoing muscle contraction can also pinch your nerves and blood vessels, depending on their locations. Repetitive muscle movements, lifting heavy weights or objects, direct injury. long-term poor posture, chronic stress are all potential causes of knots and pain.
Though knotted muscles commonly occur while you’re using your muscles, they can also develop from a lack of exercise, prolonged sitting, or time spent on bed rest. Without exercise, your muscles weaken and become more susceptible to developing a trigger point.
BENEFITS OF DRY NEEDLING
Inserting an acupuncture needle into the trigger point relaxes the muscles, boosts blood flow, diminishes inflammation, and triggers a healing response. This treatment also improves nerve communication and activates the release of your body’s natural pain relievers.
The activities sparked by dry needling result in four benefits:
- GET FAST PAIN RELIEF
Most people associate trigger points with knotted muscles in their shoulder, upper back, and neck. But the same problem can arise in any part of your body and be associated with
many conditions, from low back and neck pain to joint pain and overuse injuries.
Your pain improves as the knot relaxes and blood flow improves. Better circulation means that painful, acidic wastes get carried away while your muscles receive the oxygen and nutrients they need to heal.
Many patients experience an immediate reduction in local and widespread pain after one dry needling session. Others may need several sessions to achieve optimum pain relief. Your treatment plan depends on the severity and number of trigger points.
- REGAIN YOUR RANGE OF MOTION
Few things stop you from moving like tight, painful muscles. If you have multiple trigger points, you may experience severely limited mobility. And when you’re not active, your muscles weaken and lose mass.
- ACCELERATE YOUR RECOVERY
Whether you suffered an injury or had surgery, moving your body is the best way to promote healing and speed up your recovery. Physical therapy is the primary treatment during your recovery. However, adding dry needling to physical therapy accelerates the process.
- IMPROVE CHRONIC PAIN CONDITIONS
Dry needling goes a long way toward easing two chronic pain conditions: myofascial pain syndrome and fibromyalgia.
Myofascial pain syndrome occurs when trigger points develop in the fascia, a sheet of connective tissue that surrounds and supports all your muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and organs. Dry needling and physical therapy are among the best treatments for this chronic pain condition.
Fibromyalgia causes widespread pain and tenderness in your muscles. The pain affects the way you move, which in turn leads to trigger points. Patients who have fibromyalgia and get dry needling often experience significant improvement in their overall pain.
The acupuncture practice is based near Parsons Green Tube station in Fulham