Dr Matthew Stark is a UK trained Sports Physician and General Practitioner specialising in musculoskeletal and sports medicine with an emphasis on using acupuncture for treatment.
Dr Stark has a Diploma of Sports Medicine, Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine, extensive training in rehabilitation and chronic pain management. He is also a member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society with 10 years as regional coordinator/leader for the British medical acupuncture for the Channel Islands.
Acupuncture is undervalued as a therapeutic modality and Dr Stark has been pushing the envelope to explore its potential. He has documented more than 13000 acupuncture procedures, many with results that his clients have described as phenomenal.
Dr Stark was employed to look after the Jersey Reds professional rugby team and worked with all 36 America’s cup teams at the 2016 Americas cup in Bermuda.
Dr stark also specialises in USS (Ultrasound) guided dry needling for the head and neck, Full biomechanical chain dry needling, Prolotherapy and PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections. Dr Stark also has an interest in ketosis for sports performance and weight loss.
Acupuncture is an ancient treatment with evidence of practice dating back to before 3000BC, however, Western Medical Acupuncture has come a long way since then. The practice of Western Medical Acupuncture encompasses the application of stringent scientific principles and evidence-based practices, allowing us to increasingly understand the mechanisms in which it works and the conditions which it is best suited to treat.
Acupuncture techniques range from minimal skin invasion (just touching the skin) to deep needling of a muscle knot (known as a trigger point). Acupuncture works well to relieve muscle tension and trigger points. Acupuncture has also been shown to aid healing of tendon diseases such as tennis elbow and achilles tendinopathy and I have frequently seen quick improvements. I like using acupuncture for shoulder problems as subtle changes in biomechanics can have immediate effects on the workings of the shoulder joint. The same applies to the lower back, hip, and gluteal problems. Acupuncture can also be used as a very effective way of treating headaches and neck pain.
Having pain can quickly start to stress the brain and have a negative effect on the psychological state, both in day-to-day activities and in competitive sports. Acupuncture has been scientifically proven to modulate pain that has been present for months or years and can help to reverse the negative feelings which can come with chronic pain such as stress, fear, anxiety, and depression. I have a special interest in this and I am very interested in treating clients with all types of chronic pain.
I often use acupuncture to treat non-musculoskeletal medical conditions. I have seen some remarkable improvements in cases of irritable bladder, irritable bowel syndrome and menopausal symptoms.
I use 4 main methods of acupuncture: