Cupping and dry needling are extremely effective therapies at reducing pain associated with muscular tension, and improving range of movement. Both therapies can be used as a stand alone treatment or combined with soft tissue techniques.

By applying the same needles as used in traditional acupuncture, dry needling follows a more modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. It uses very fine needles which do not inject fluid into the body, hence the term ‘dry’.

How it works
A very fine needle is inserted directly into hard, knotted areas of muscle and fascia called ‘trigger points’. These occur in areas where the tissue fibres are so tight that the capillaries and nerves that supply them are compressed, causing a lack of blood flow and oxygen. The muscle is therefore unable to relax, causing limited mobility to the associated joint. Trigger points are often painful to touch and can refer pain to different areas of the body.

 When the needle is inserted into the center of a trigger point, blood pools around the needle supplying it with fresh oxygen and nutrients, causing the nerves to decompress and the muscle to relax.

Therapeutic benefits:


•      Muscle spasm

•      Chronic pain

•      Muscular tension


•      Flexibility

•      Range of motion








Examples of ailments it can provide relief from:

•      Fibromyalgia

•      Sciatica

•      Tension headaches

•      Mild muscle tears

•      Plantar fasciitis

•      Golfer’s / Tennis elbow

•      Whiplash

•      Runner’s knee

•      Carpal Tunnel syndrome

•      Sacro-Iliac Joint pain

Does it hurt?
You may feel the insertion of the needle and once it reaches the trigger point it can elicit a very brief dull aching sensation. This can last from a few seconds to a couple of minutes.

Myofascial Cupping

How it works

As we age, our muscles start to degenerate and lose elasticity. Through progressive inactivity the blood and oxygen supply to tissues decreases, as well as blood becoming stagnant around areas of limited movement. By stretching these tight tissues, cupping acts like a vacuum to the stagnant blood, encouraging new blood flow to the area and therefore stimulating healing. As new blood is forced into the tissues around the cups, the body will begin to develop new blood vessels which continue to feed the tissues with much needed nutrients and oxygen.


Therapeutic benefits:

•      Reduces cellulite

•      Increases range of movement

•      Reduces inflammation

•      Relieves menstrual cramps

•      Relieves indigestion

•      Reduces chronic pain

•      Breaks down scar tissue

•      Reduces muscular tension


Does it hurt?
Cupping is rarely painful. It can leave a light to dark red mark where the blood has been pulled to the surface, which may last up to 7-10 days.

If you’re experiencing specific symptoms, or are interested in improving your general health, we have appointments available Monday to Friday at a time to suit you. Get in touch with us today on 01243 696 630 or email reception@theboxgrove.com to make your Acupuncture appointment at our Chichester clinic.


Initial Consultation 60 mins £67
Follow-up Appointment 30 mins £35 60 mins £67

Frequently Asked Questions

The needles used for Acupuncture are very fine and the insertions are usually painless. The majority of clients do not feel any discomfort. Occasionally some Acupuncture points may feel a little sharper, but generally Acupuncture is a relaxing experience.
Our Acupuncturist, Kerry, will discuss your symptoms, concerns and expected outcomes with you. She will then suggest a treatment plan and give you treatment. The amount of treatments needed is dependent on your symptoms. Some people use Acupuncture as a preventative measure and will make appointments monthly or seasonally.
The most commonly used Acupuncture points are located on the arms and legs so please wear clothes that will allow us access to these parts of the body.
No, there are virtually no side effects to Acupuncture. Some people may feel sleepy or tired after the treatment but this is not a common experience.
It may do, we would ask you to please check your policy. We can give you a receipt as proof of purchase for reimbursement purposes.
Directions to The Boxgrove and a map can be found here. Parking is available to all of our patients. We kindly ask all those coming for a scheduled class to park in the Boxgrove Village Hall car park.


If you have any other questions please email us at reception@theboxgrove.com or call us in confidence on 01243 696 630.