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Acupuncture (Western Medical)

Western Medical Acupuncture (WMA) is a therapeutic modality involving the insertion of fine needles; it is an adaptation of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence based medicine.

Two important distinctions between WMA and TCM Acupuncture are that WMA does not involve the traditional concepts such as Yin/Yang and circulation of "qi", and that WMA does not claim to be an "alternative" medical system.

WMA is mainly used to treat musculoskeletal pain, including myofascial trigger point pain, sports injuries, postural related pain, headaches, arthritic pain, rotator cuff disorders, tendinopathies, scar tissue/adhesions, haematomas etc.

WMA is an additional one year postgraduate qualification that Osteopaths must complete through Auckland University of Technology (AUT), should they wish to utilise this treatment modality in practice.