Acupuncture is a holistic system of medicine which has been practised in China and other eastern countries for thousands of years. It is rapidly gaining popularity in the West as its effectiveness becomes more widely known and experienced.
How does acupuncture affect the body?
Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system, which, in turn, releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals either alter the experience of pain or release other chemicals that influence the body's self-regulating systems. These biochemical changes stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional wellbeing.
Diagnosis focuses closely of the injury mechanism. One of the defining characteristics of acupuncture is its ability to identify and treat underlying causes. Without a clear understanding of the cause, whilst we may get better in the short term, recovery is rarely complete and the injury often recurs or remains a weak spot.
To this effect you will be asked about your current symptoms, treatment you may have already received, along with details of your medical history, your diet, digestion, sleeping patterns and emotional state.
During treatment needles are inserted either for a second or two, or left in place for about 20 minutes depending on the desired effect. As the needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache, and many people experience a pleasant feeling of relaxation.
- The needles used are extremely fine (0.2mm). They are sterile, single use, and made of high quality stainless steel.
- This is usually combined with Chinese style massage or the application of heat to specific points to further speed recovery.
- As part of the treatment plan, lifestyle and dietary advice may also be given.
For more information, see our acupuncturist Leisa Foxlow's website.