Chinese Acupuncture vs. Western Acupuncture – What’s the Difference?

Acupuncture is used for a range of health problems, including chronic back pain, headaches and migraines. While it is used as a treatment method in Western medicine and is recognised by organisations such as the NHS, it has roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

In the world of acupuncture, you’ll likely find practitioners who prescribe to either of the two fields: Western (or ‘medical’) acupuncture or traditional Chinese acupuncture. So what’s the difference between these two versions?

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Understanding Myofascial Release and Its Effect on the Body

Myofascial release (MFR) is now a specialist treatment used by physical therapists throughout the UK for handling injury prevention, pain reduction, muscle strengthening and flexibility improvement in patients. It has also been suggested as a way to improve posture and athletic performance.

Differing from the kind of ‘massage therapy’ that many people confuse Myofascial release with, this therapeutic treatment uses different tools and techniques to achieve its results. This includes identifying trigger points, movement therapies and applying pressure to connective tissue.

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