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.
Giles Gyer is a British trained specialist musculoskeletal Osteopath and Medical Acupuncturist who has worked within health and fitness for over 14 years, treating patients from office workers to international athletes. Giles is one of the Clinical Directors at Osteon Therapies, with three multi-disciplinary clinics within London, he is also a senior lecturer at www.omttraining.co.uk where he teaches courses such as medical acupuncture and spinal manipulation to manual therapists through the UK and internationally, he has lectured at national conferences and has run bespoke training events in medical acupuncture and manipulation to organisations such as Liverpool Football Club and the NHS. Jimmy Michael is a British trained Osteopath who also has a sports and exercise science degree and diplomas in medical acupuncture and soft tissue therapy. Jimmy has been in the health and fitness industry for 14 years treating patients from office workers to professional football players and formula one drivers. Jimmy is one of the clinical directors at Osteon Therapies which are multi-disciplinary clinics within London. Jimmy is a senior lecturer at OMT Training teaching a variety of manual therapy techniques internationally such as medical acupuncture, spinal manipulation and advanced mobilisations and soft tissue skills. He has extensive experience of teaching in the manual therapy industry and has been tutoring and lecturing for 12 years. Jimmy has spoken at national conferences and run bespoke training courses for the likes of the NHS, Liverpool FC and MK Dons. Ben Tolson is an acupuncturist and sports and remedial massage therapist, who has been practicing complementary therapies since 2004. He has taken post graduate courses in numerous areas including sports injuries, trigger point therapy, fertility and Japanese style acupuncture. He started his career as a sports massage therapist which has given him a broad range of experience in treating musculoskeletal pain.
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.