Acupuncture is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine. Fine needles are inserted at certain sites in the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes.
How acupuncture works
It involves stimulating sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles of the body.
This results in the body producing natural substances, such as pain-relieving endorphins.
A course of acupuncture is recommended or to be used along side a course of massage treatments, as this usually creates longer lasting pain relief than just a single treatment.
Traditional acupuncture is based on the belief that an energy, or “life force”, flows through the body in channels called meridians. This life force is known as Qi (pronounced “chee”).
Practitioners who adhere to traditional beliefs about acupuncture believe that when Qi doesn’t flow freely through the body, this can cause blockages within the body resulting in illness and muscle strain. So acupuncture can restore the flow of Qi, and so restore health and relieve pain and restriction within the body.