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Acupuncture Bournemouth

Book an Appointment with an Acupuncturist in Bournemouth

Have you recently searched for 'acupuncturist near me'? If so look no further than our Acupuncture Bournemouth clinic. SoCo Therapies are proud to offer acupuncture services in Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Southbourne, and other surrounding Dorset areas. 


We're here to help you find relief from your pain and symptoms so you can get back to living your best life. Our acupuncturists are experts in providing noninvasive treatment that is quick, effective and long-lasting.


Book an appointment with an acupuncturist and start your journey to wellness today! Call us at 01202 422 000 or send us an email at


What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture Bournemouth

Acupuncture is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine. It is thought that Acupuncture started in China approximately 3000 years ago, although this is just speculation. This traditional Chinese medicine has now become a highly popular treatment in the western world due to the various benefits it has. 


At SoCo Therapies, our acupuncturists are highly experienced and qualified in two types of acupuncture; these are traditional Chinese acupuncture and Dry Needling.


Both are amazing treatments in their own right and can bring about a wide range of positive benefits, however, there are some differences between the two treatments. Let's explore these below.

What is Chinese Acupuncture?

Have you been searching for traditional Chinese acupuncture near me? If so, our acupuncture specialists at SoCo Therapies are here to help you. 


Chinese Acupuncture uses the principles of Chinese medicine to help to heal the individual, working on balancing energy, otherwise known as chi or qi (pronounced chee), which is believed to flow through certain pathways within the body, known as meridians.


Needles are then used to help rebalance the qi along these meridians.

The Benefits of Chinese Acupuncture


Traditional Chinese acupuncture can be used to treat an array of symptoms and conditions, including physical and mental health issues. This includes:

  • Tension headaches and migraines

  • Neck pain

  • Lower back pain such as sciatica

  • Arthritic pain

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Menstrual and pregnancy-related pains

  • Allergic rhinitis and other respiratory issues

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Tennis elbow


What is Dry Needling?

Unlike Chinese Acupuncture, Dry needling uses western concepts to treat patients. Needles are usually used within trigger points (tight parts of the muscle) to encourage blood flow to those areas to release tension and reduce pain.


Dry needling is used by our osteopath, alongside other treatment techniques.


The Benefits of Dry Needling

What to Expect

During your first session, the acupuncturist will ask you a series of questions and run through an examination to try and work out the cause of the problem. You may be asked to undress to your underwear, though towels can be provided to protect modesty.

Needles will then be inserted, manipulated, and then removed. Often you cannot feel the needles but sometimes there can be some discomfort or bruising after the session.


Dry needling is more limited to relieving muscular-related tension and is best used alongside other treatment techniques such as Osteopathy. Our Osteopaths in Bournemouth can help you here. 
Some of the benefits of dry needling include:


  • Pain relief

  • Increased range of motion

  • Can help speed up recovery

  • Can help treat chronic conditions

What to do after Acupuncture?

In order to maximise the benefits and for safety reasons there are a few things clients should avoid after their acupuncture treatment.

Avoid stressful environments - as acupuncture can be used for relaxation and stress relief, we recommend that you avoid stressful situations straight away after your treatment. For example, perhaps book your treatment on a day you don’t have to go back to work. Of course, this may be difficult to do but it can help. 


Take it easy - it’s always best to take it easy after your treatment and ensure you get enough sleep whilst your body recovers. 


Avoid the cold - whilst a cold compress is recommended within other practices to help relieve any pain or discomfort, in acupuncture this can actually be counterproductive. Instead, our acupuncturists recommend you use heat to boost the circulation of blood and chi.

Get a gentle massage - getting massage therapy after your acupuncture session can further help reduce tension and put you in a more relaxed state. However, you should avoid deep tissue massage.


Avoid strenuous exercise - whilst you can exercise after your treatment, be sure to keep it light such as going for a gentle walk.


Drinking plenty of water - it’s important to stay hydrated after your treatment to help flush out any toxins from your body. Equally, you should avoid drinking any liquids that will dehydrate you such as coffee and alcohol. 



How many Acupuncture treatments will I need?

Everyone is different so this can be very individual. Typically the longer you have had a problem, the longer it takes to get better. However, we do offer free consultations so we can run through an estimate of how long you may take to get better before you commit.


What to wear to Acupuncture?

You may be asked to undress to your underwear so please wear something you are comfortable in. Towels can be provided.

Do I need a doctor's referral for Acupuncture?

No, you do not need to have a referral to see one of our acupuncturists.

How long does an Acupuncture session last?

Our appointment times may vary. Typically the first session is 1 hour and follow-ups are 30 minutes. We also offer free, 15-minute consultations to discuss the suitability of treatment initially.

Do you treat under 18s?

Yes, we do. Acupuncture is suitable for any age but for appointments for young children, please call us to discuss this beforehand.

How does Acupuncture work scientifically?

Acupuncture uses very fine needles at specific points on the body to release Qì blockages. Stimulation of these points seeks to promote harmonious flows of blood, fluids, and vital energy (Qì in Chinese). With the regulation of these flows, the body can regain normal functioning and restore physical and emotional health.

How does Acupuncture reduce stress?

Acupuncture can be an excellent stress reduction treatment due to the powerful endorphins that are released throughout the body. 

Where did Acupuncture start?

It is thought that acupuncture started in China approximately 3000 years ago. 

How often should you get Acupuncture?

This can entirely depend on the client and the severity of the condition being treated. However, it’s common to get one-two treatments a week. 

What problems does Acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture can treat various problems, including headaches, lower back pain, osteoarthritis, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, insomnia, depression, allergies, and certain digestive issues.

Who should not get Acupuncture?

Those with bleeding disorders, on blood thinners, or pregnant, especially in the first trimester, should typically avoid acupuncture. Always consult your healthcare provider first.

How long does it take to see results from Acupuncture?

It varies. Some may see immediate relief, while others need several sessions. Chronic conditions usually require more time and treatment consistency.

Can Acupuncture release a trapped nerve?

Yes, acupuncture can help by reducing inflammation, improving circulation, and stimulating the body's natural painkillers, which may alleviate symptoms related to a trapped nerve. However, serious or persistent nerve impingements may require more intensive medical intervention.

How much does Acupuncture Cost?


Initial Consultation + Treatment


Follow-up Appointments


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