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Dry Needling for Manual Therapists


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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.

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An essential, fully-illustrated guide to the research, theory and best practice of dry needling, electroacupuncture and advanced tendon acupuncture

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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.


An excellent introduction for the manual therapist wishing to add dry needling to their clinical skills repertoire. The clear explanations and anatomical illustrations make for a great reference book. -- Sally Scott BSc. Hons (Chiro), Chiropractor
All readers interested in the field of Manual Therapy will find much to stimulate their thinking in this book. By exploring the inter-relationships between Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and its modern day off shoot, Western Medical Acupuncture, this book eloquently simplifies and edifies the reader's understanding of Western Medical Acupuncture techniques and philosophy. Backed up by the latest research, this comprehensive text is a must for Manual Therapists wishing to incorporate safe and highly effective needling techniques into their treatment protocols. -- David Farrelly, Osteopath and Owner of Bodyworks Manual Therapy Training
As acupuncture comes to be ever more widely utilised in the West, there has been a chronic need for a good text which facilitates its expert application by Western Health professionals: this book meets that need very well. Excellently researched and illustrated, it marks a milestone in the West's creation of its own paradigm for acupuncture, and is a vital handbook for all Western acupuncturists. -- Henry McGrath MA MTh MATCM, former Academic Director and Acupuncture Course Director, College of Naturopathic Medicine, and author of 'Traditional Chinese Medicine Approaches to Cancer'
Written by practicing MSK clinicians, this dynamic and focused handbook distinguishes itself in immediate practicality. Carefully researched and with illustrations of Netter-like quality, its evidence base is a study in duality, thoughtfully reconnecting the green shoots of cutting edge medicine to ancient roots of traditional acupuncture. -- James Inklebarger MD, Specialist MSK Doctor and Osteopath
This is an excellent reference book which is perfectly laid out - with practical instructions that are simple and effective to use. It bridges two important possible gaps. For those acupuncturists who need more help with their knowledge of the muscular system of the body and for those physiotherapist /osteopaths who need more help with their knowledge of the application of acupuncture. The historical background, scientific evidence and theory are sufficient without being too heavy or laboured. The illustrations, pictures and description of anatomy, palpation, client position and application of treatment particular to each muscle and the trigger points is exactly what a practitioner needs to be able to use these techniques in a clinical situation. The health and safety and client handling section is clearly carefully thought out and is a good reminder to practitioners of their clinical governance in this aspect of practice. The advanced tendon techniques are a good pointing to practitioners to extend the principles of practice and be creative with their treatments.The electro acupuncture chapter gives the practitioner what they need to know in a concise, practical format. -- John Tindall, Founder & Director, Yuan Clinic & Traditional Medicine College

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