What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a therapeutic method used to encourage natural healing, reduce pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. It involves the insertion of very fine needles through the skin and tissue at specific parts of the body. Only single-use, sterile, disposable needles are used in the clinic.
What does it treat?
Acupuncture is especially helpful for chronic pain and muscular skeletal conditions including headaches, back pain and joint pain. Other conditions include stress/anxiety, digestive problems, respiratory problems and gynaecological problems.
How does it work?
The theory behind acupuncture is that healthy functioning of the body is governed by flow of ‘Qi’ (often translated as ‘energy’) through a system channels (meridians) under the skin. When this flow of Qi is impaired, illness occurs. The Qi flow can be disrupted in many ways: emotional stress, physical trauma, poor diet and overwork are all common examples.
By inserting fine needles at various points along the channels, the body’s balance can be restored.
It increases blood follow and the circulation of endorphins-the body’s natural pain relievers, promoting physical and emotional well-being.
Does it hurt?
People experience different sensations with acupuncture. Most feel only minimal discomfort when the needle is inserted. Once the needles are in place there should be no significant discomfort and most people feel deeply relaxed which can continue after they are removed.