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Posted Feb 21 2011 3:57pm

I had my last acupuncture session at the Physio today. She asked me to take my husband with me this time so that she could show him some massage moves to help my neck and arm pain.

As usual she was brilliant. She just seems to have the knack of putting the needles in the right spots which really seem to help my pain.

Apparently the NHS are now stopping Acupuncture except for lower back pain. I've never had it for lower back pain so it may be something on the cards for me at a later date.

For anyone who does not know what acupuncture actually is – it literally means 'needle piercing' where they insert very fine needles into the skin to stimulate specific anatomic points in the body for therapeutic purposes. It originated in China more than 2,000 years ago, making it one of the oldest and most commonly used medical procedures in the world.

The pain management team phoned me up last week to see how I was going on with the Physio and said that my pain consultant had put me down for some trigger point injections to start when I had finished this course for my low back/ sciatica pain.

Trigger points have actually only become popular recently because they can't actually be physically observed in the tissue. In other words, if someone was put under for surgery, and the surgeon cut the skin over the top of a theoretical trigger point, there would be no difference between the sensitive site and the appearance of the surrounding muscle.

Trigger point injection is used to treat extremely painful areas of muscle. Normal muscle contracts and relaxes when it is active. However a trigger point is a knot or tight, ropey band of muscle that forms when muscle fails to relax. The knot can often be felt under the skin and may twitch involuntarily when touched. It is used a lot for Myofascial Pain and Fibromyalgia.

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