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Western Medical Acupuncture

Medical acupuncture is a reinterpretation of how traditional Chinese acupuncture works. These treatments may look the same, but medical acupuncture is an evidence based way of using needles and it is used by a variety of health care professionals mainly for musculoskeletal pain. At SW19 Osteopaths, Essi Suomilammi offers medical acupuncture.

During acupuncture fine single-use sterile needles are inserted through the skin and left in position or the needles are gently moved to stimulate and assist the process. The number of needles used varies, sometimes only few is enough.

Acupuncture stimulates the muscles and nerves within the body to allow a variety of effects. Some of these effects include increasing blood flow and promoting healing, a reduction in pain message transmission and release of hormones that promote feelings of wellbeing. In other words, acupuncture works as a natural pain killer. 

Research supports the effectiveness of the Western medical acupuncture for

⁃ Headaches

⁃ Back pain

⁃ Osteoarthritis of the knee

⁃ Tight muscles/ muscle strains

After acupuncture you might feel a bit drowsy and minor bleeding/bruising may occur. Any serious side effects are rare and can be avoided through a thorough case history.

With a qualified and registered osteopath, Western medical acupuncture is safe treatment of choice.

I rate Stephen very highly and would recommend him to anyone.

Jonathan M

Lara’s thoughtful, gentle, confident and knowledgeable approach results in the most expert therapeutic massage one could hope to receive. The outcome is therefore a very holistic one in which specific discomforts have been eased with and overall relaxation achieved at the same time. 


Helen, Colliers Wood

Stephen has been my osteopath for many years and has helped me recover from several serious operations. The atmosphere in the clinic is so calm and relaxing, and Stephen is an absolute professional in everything he does. He truly has healing hands.

Laura D

Over the last 6 months Lara has effectively used the Emmett Technique to eliminate my persistent lower back pain as well as foot and heel pain. She has also been able to relieve stress and tension from my neck and shoulders. The relief, as a result of her treatments, is immediate and long-lasting. I would highly recommend her treatments.

Amanda, Wimbledon

I damaged my knee in a motorcycle accident and have had trouble with it ever since. I work in the building trade and have to keep fit and active. Stephen has managed my knee and other associated problems, and without his skill I would not have been able to continue with my job. He has even enabled me to go skiing, although this was against his better judgment! If you are looking for an experienced osteopath, then you need look no further; his skill is unrivalled.

Dave D, Wallington

I am just e-mailing you Stephen to let you know that my baby daughter’s tight tummy calmed down considerably after your treatment so thank you very much.

G. SW19

Just before Christmas, my back ‘went’. By ‘went’ I mean I could barely walk and had constant pain in my lower back and leg. I was off work and spent most of the time lying on the floor. I was treated by Stephen and Simon, both of whom have a professional but very calm manner – ideal for anyone who’s in a lot of pain. They identified muscle and sciatic nerve damage. They obviously knew what they were doing because the pain gradually started to ease, such that by the beginning of March I was back on the treadmill in the gym. Would I use SW19Osteopaths again? Definitely. Only this time I’d go sooner.

Sam B, SW19

I thought the treatment for pain in my knee was excellent. I felt I was being considered as an individual as Stephen listened to everything I said and gave a treatment appropriate to my needs. His approach was non-invasive. I began to notice an improvement in my knee after a couple of days and the pain has not recurred. To me, it felt as if each treatment enabled my body to correct itself and rebalance.

Sabine, Wimbledon

I have had several treatments with Steve over the years for neck pain, back pain and under active thyroid. Steve has natural healing hands as well as a bank of experience and knowledge, which enhance his effectiveness. He is a very skilled practitioner both sensitive and subtle with powerful results; I have completely recovered from these conditions.

Chrissie C Streatham

I started seeing Lara about my sinuses, which have cleared. She has also helped me with my neck pain and digestive problems. Thank you so much Lara.

Anne, Teacher