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At Lushington you can choose from both types of acupuncture: Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and Western Medical Acupuncture (also known as Dry Needling).

Some of our chiropractors have undergone additional training to be qualified and fully proficient in Western Medical Acupuncture and we’ve included some more information about that here for you.

You can also enjoy Traditional Chinese Acupuncture at Lushington, which is practiced by Robert Bowley. Robert has explained a little more about this type of Acupuncture, which has developed over thousands of years as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

FAQs About Western Acupuncture (Dry Needling)

What is it?
Chiropractic and Acupuncture
How Much is Western Acupuncture (Dry Needling)?
What Should I Expect on my First Visit?
Which Chiropractors do Acupuncture?
Some Testimonials
What does Acupuncture Feel Like?
Is Acupuncture Safe? Does Acupuncture Hurt?
How Many Treatments will I Need?

FAQs About Chinese Acupuncture

What is it?
How Much Is Chinese Acupuncture?
More About Robert Bowley
Tui Na Massage
Auricular Therapy
Chinese Herbal Therapy
Indonesian Massage


Western Medical Acupuncture (Dry Needling)

What is it?
Western Medical Acupuncture has evolved from Chinese Acupuncture and is also called Dry Needling; ‘dry’ because there is no injection of fluids through the very fine needles used. It is a modern adaptation of Chinese Acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and its practitioners no longer adhere to concepts such as Yin/Yang and circulation of qi. It is also considered to be part of conventional medicine rather than “alternative”, and is principally used by conventional healthcare practitioners, most commonly in primary care.

Western Medical Acupuncture can be used to treat musculoskeletal pain and to give adjunctive relief from the pain of tension-type headaches, migraines, chronic low back pain, chronic neck pain, temporomandibular (jaw) pain and osteoarthritis knee pain (committee of Advertising Practice (CAP), July 2013).

Acupuncture has been widely researched and has been found to have the following effects:
It stimulates the nervous system
It triggers the body to produces pain-relieving substances such as endorphins and serotonin in the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain. This modifies the way pain signals are received.
It improves circulation to the area
It decreases muscle tightness which can have the effect of…
Increasing joint flexibility
(Reference: Western medical acupuncture: a definition. Acupunct Med 2009; volume 27:33-35)

Chiropractic and Acupuncture
Are you interested in having acupuncture as part of your treatment? Just let your chiropractor know when you see them and they will discuss the potential benefits with you. If you’re chiropractor’s not qualified in acupuncture as well, then they will refer you to a colleague who is.

If you’re particularly interested in having acupuncture as part of your treatment then we recommend you see Victoria White DC,LRCC,MChiro,MA(Oxon), Doctor of Chiropractic as she’s the most experienced and qualified I it. They will always recommend what they think is best for you. However, they like to know if you have a preference.

How Much is Western Acupuncture (Dry Needling)?
Your first session will be a normal chiropractic consultation, which takes about an hour. If you’re interested in having acupuncture then please make sure you ask to book in your consultation with one of the chiropractors qualified to use it.

The chiropractor will assess your case carefully and work out the best type of treatment for you. They will usually combine chiropractic, massage, stretches etc with acupuncture. However, if you only want acupuncture and not the chiropractic treatment then that’s fine too. Just tell the chiropractor when you see them. They’ll understand. It is still important that they review your case properly so that they can properly plan what you need.

If you’ve already been here for treatment before then just let the receptionist know when you book, as the chiropractor can make use of your previous notes.

Consultation £49
Treatment £35

To book, call the clinic direct on 01323 722499.

What Should I Expect on my First Visit?
Your first visit will be a detailed consultation to find out what’s wrong and what needs to be done about it. Our chiropractors are always very thorough and will want to get to the root of the problem for you.

Initially you’ll be greeted by a receptionist who’ll ask you to complete a short health questionnaire. The chiropractor will then ask you some questions and carry out an appropriate examination. If necessary they may even refer you for x-rays. At the end of the consultation they’ll explain what they’ve found and what your treatment plan will be, answering all your questions.

A typical course of acupuncture treatment consists of 5-8 sessions but really depends on the individual. The treatment itself involves fine needles being inserted through the skin and briefly left in position, and sometimes manual stimulation is applied to assist the process. Treatment might be once a week to begin with, then at longer intervals as the condition improves.

Which Chiropractors do Acupuncture?
Victoria White DC, LRCC, MChiro, MA(Oxon) Doctor of Chiropractic, is fully qualified in the use of acupuncture as well as all of her chiropractic qualifications. She is a member of the British Chiropractic Association and is registered with the General Chiropractic Council. Her first degree was in Biological Sciences, which she studied at Oxford University. She then went on to study Chiropractic. She graduated from the Anglo European College of Chiropractic with her Masters in Chiropractic (MChiro). 

As well as her Chiropractic training, Victoria has carried out postgraduate studies in dry needling (Acupuncture) which is useful in pain management for certain conditions.

Victoria uses a variety of different techniques which can be adapted for all ages and stages of life. She works with her patients not only to improve their health in the short term but also, with lifestyle advice, aims to help them maintain pain-free mobility. She loves using acupuncture to compliment her existing chiropractic skills or on its own. Some patients see her just for acupuncture, safe in the knowledge that they are in expert and very highly qualified hands.

To book, or if you’d like to speak to Victoria first, then call the clinic direct on 01323 722499.

Some of Victoria White’s Testimonials

I could not believe the difference it made . . . I had treatment on my knees, my back and my shoulders. She is certainly a very intelligent and articulate lady who knows her subject. After each session I walk out feeling so much better. I have no hesitation in recommending her.
Les (Chiropractic patient)

Throughout my treatments Vicky has been FIRST CLASS, always explaining what’s happening, is easy to talk to and takes an interest in you as a person – not just a patient. She’s a lovely lady.

As a whole, LUSHINGTON CHIROPRACTIC has done wonders for me. I recommend this practice for the friendliness of the reception staff and professionalism of the Chiropractors.
David (Chiropractic patient)

I’ve referred some of my patient’s to see Vicky for acupuncture and have had it myself. I’ve been really impressed with the results.

As well as being very professional, calm and friendly, Vicky certainly gets the results.
James Revell – Chiropractor

What does Acupuncture Feel Like?
You may feel a slight prick or tap when the needle is inserted, but it is much less than the sensation you would feel during an injection since the needles are much finer. You may feel a heaviness, numbness, tingling or dull ache after the needles have been inserted and this is a normal part of the treatment.

Is Acupuncture Safe? Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Acupuncture is a very safe treatment option. At Lushington, we use "Clean Needle Technique" which involves using a brand-new set of thin, sterile and disposable needles for each patient.

Western Medical Acupuncture usually causes an aching sensation during the session because the needles are inserted into the very tender, tight muscles that are causing your neck/low back pain or headaches. This aching is perfectly normal. However, we will always work well within your own pain tolerance and can remove the needles at any time.

How Many Treatments will I Need?
One acupuncture session may make you feel temporarily better, but to make a lasting difference a course is required. In general, the longer you have suffered from your condition the more treatments you’ll need. An initial consultation is necessary to evaluate your body condition, which is when the chiropractor will tell you what to expect. 

Our chiropractors have many other treatment techniques available to them in addition to acupuncture, so you are likely to get better results than if you have only had acupuncture with other therapists before.



Chinese Acupuncture

What Is It?
Robert practices Chinese “syndrome acupuncture” (mainstream acupuncture as practised in China).
This type of acupuncture is an aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been practised for thousands of years. It is now one of the most widely recognised complementary therapies.
In essence Traditional Chinese Medicine takes a completely different view of the body than Western Medicine. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the focus is completely holistic, focusing on balancing the bodies “energy”, known as “qi” (pronounced Chee).
The traditional Chinese theory is that “qi” or “vital energy” is the activating force for all life and in the body. It flows in channels called meridians and supplies energy to all the organs, body tissues and the mind.
Although this traditional Chines approach is considered rather alternative by western medics, it’s been used for thousands of years in China and the Far East and continues to be developed and refined today.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is focused on the whole body, not just a single condition or pain and has been used for thousands of years to treat a whole range of health problems. Robert believes the best approach to healthcare is one that takes into account the whole person including your physical, emotional and mental aspects of health.

Robert may use a variety of techniques to help people. Acupuncture itself is just one strand of Traditional Chinese Medicine, for example he may use Tui Na Massage, Auricular Therapy, Moxibustion, Chinese Herbal Therapy, Cupping and Indonesian Massage. PLEASE LINK EACH OF THESE THERAPIES TO IT’S SECTION ON THE NEXT PAGE WHICH EXPLAINS MORE
All of Roberts treatments have evolved and are constantly refined as a result of successfully treating hundreds of patients.

How Much Is Chinese Acupuncture?

Consultation £35
Treatment £35

To book you need to call Robert directly on 07796 545669.

More About Robert Bowley
Robert Bowley is a leading local acupuncturist with a passion for Eastern philosophy, medicine and the associated arts.
Robert began studying Eastern culture and healing techniques in his teens. He’s spent years studying, developing his skills, is now a fully qualified Chinese medicine practitioner which includes acupuncture, tui na massage, Indonesian massage, herbal therapy, Chinese dietary therapy and auricular therapy. Robert graduated from the Acumedic Foundation and Beijing University of Chinese Medicine where he was presented with an award by the Chairman of the Chinese Medical Institute Prof. Man Fong Mei at the East-West Medicine Symposium at University College, London.
Robert had suffered with poor health and stress when he was younger, but he’s used Chinese medicine, Tai Chi and medication get him through most of life’s challenges and dramatically improve his own health.
In addition Robert has studied with Dan Docherty and his senior instructors (Practical Tai Chi Chuan International), to qualify as a Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong instructor. Robert holds regular classes and workshops in East Sussex.
Robert has completed extensive postgraduate training in a wide variety of areas, for example:
·    Advanced Chinese acupuncture
·    Clinical Andrology
·    Advanced Clinical Acupuncture
Robert is a member of the following professional organisations:-
·    Chinese Medical Institute and Register
·    Tai Chi Union of Great Britain
Other Therapies Offered by Robert Bowley

Tui Na Massage (Chinese Medical Massage)
In Chinese theory “qi” (pronounced Chee) or vital energy is the activating force for all life and in the body. It flows in channels called meridians and supplies energy to all the organs, body tissues and the mind.
Tui Na massage is an invigorating Chinese bodywork therapy combining deep meridian massage and acupressure, restoring the free flow of energy throughout the body.
Tui Na uses hand techniques to massage the soft tissues, acupressure and some modified manipulation techniques to align the body influence the flow of energy.
As well as treating specific conditions, Tui Na massage also boosts the immune system resulting in better overall health. Since it rebalances ‘energy flow’, the mind and emotions will also be affected.
Patients remain fully clothed during the treatment. Tui Na is practised on people from age five upward. It is a very safe therapy. Robert will complete a consultation first to identify which of the techniques he uses would suit you. He’ll only use with the techniques that you are happy with.

Auricular Therapy
Auricular therapy is a highly developed system of diagnosing and treating disharmonies in
“vital energy” anywhere in the body by expertly examining the ear, by which the practitioner can accurately determine the root cause of disease and disharmony.
In Chinese theory “qi” (pronounced Chee) or vital energy is the activating force for all life and in the body flowing in meridians around the body and mind.
Practitioners of the five thousand year old art of auricular therapy use the ear as a map of the body and it’s often practised as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Each part of the ear correlates through the reflex system to a corresponding part of the body enabling a wide variety of health problems to be treated. Specific points on the ear are stimulated with an electronic pulse using a blunt probe to provide treatment for the individual’s condition.
Magnets, herbal seeds and tiny press needles can also be applied to aid the treatment process.
It is a safe and effective form of therapy where the patient remains fully clothed during the treatment.
Robert always completes a consultation first to identify which of the techniques he uses would suit you. He will talk to you about the treatments first. He will only go ahead with the techniques that you are happy with.

Moxibustion is a practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine that stimulates acupoints in order to promote the body’s ability to heal itself. The heat produced by moxibustion penetrates deeply into the body restoring the balance and flow of vital energy or Qi.

Moxibustion is commonly used for people who have a “cold” or “stagnant” condition. The moxa is burned to warm up the blood and qi thereby promoting the circulation. It is also used for improving general health, treating chronic conditions such as arthritis and digestive disorders such as ulcerative colitis.

Robert uses “indirect moxibustion”, which involves either burning moxa on top of an acupuncture needle, holding a burning moxa stick above the skin for a few minutes or by placing a layer of ginger or salt on the person’s skin with a burning moxa cone on top of it. Smokeless moxa can be used for people with respiratory conditions.

Remember that Robert will carry out a consultation with you first to identify which of the various techniques he uses would suit you. He will talk to you about the treatments first and will only go ahead with the techniques that you’re happy with.

Chinese Herbal Therapy
Chinese medicine has evolved over four thousand years as an extremely powerful method of regulating the internal organs and immune system. It’s based on the traditional Chinese theory of vital energy “qi” (pronounced Chee) which is believed to flow in meridians around the body and mind.
Over a thousand herbs are used in Chinese Medicine and all come from natural flora and fauna of China. Robert may recommend herbs to help balance your energy.
Herbs are taken in an herbal capsule form, to make them more accessible and convenient for modern, busy lifestyles.
Remember, Robert will carry out a consultation with you first to identify which of the various techniques he uses would suit you. He’ll talk to you about what treatments you’re happy to go ahead with before starting any work.

In Chinese theory “qi” (pronounced Chee) or vital energy is the activating force for all life and in the body flowing in meridians around the body and mind.
The use of suction cups is used within traditional Chinese medicine. A simple and safe procedure, cupping involves either the combustion of oxygen inside a glass jar (fire cupping) or a pump action inside specifically designed plastic cups to create a vacuum. When placed on the skin, this vacuum causes a suction making the cups grip to the skin.
Where as massage is a pressing technique, suction cups have a pulling action. Consequently local cupping marks may occur however these will disappear after a few days.
Stationary cupping is where the cups are placed on specific points and retained, while for sliding cupping the cups are moved along muscle regions or acupuncture channels. A massage oil is used for this technique.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine cupping is considered a useful way to invigorate “stagnant qi”, promoting the circulation of energy through the meridians of your body.
Robert always completes a consultation first to identify which of the techniques he uses would suit you. He will talk to you about the treatments first. He will only go ahead with the techniques that you are happy with.

Indonesian Massage
Indonesian traditional massage which includes Javanese and Balinese techniques is similar to Ayurvedic massage. It could be regarded as one of the original oil based massages.
Indonesian massage uses a combination of deep pressure, long massage strokes and skin rolling techniques to ease out the knots, relieve muscular tension and joint pain and improve the blood circulation, promoting harmony of body, mind and soul.
Because it reaches right down to the deeper tissues; particularly affecting the connective tissues of the muscles, the myofascia and tendons, it is also a popular and effective treatment for sports injuries. Indonesian massage is performed on a mat on the floor, on a massage couch or seated on a chair.
Remember, Robert always completes a consultation first to identify which of the techniques he uses would suit you. He will talk to you about the treatments first. He will only go ahead with the techniques that you are happy with.