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What is acupuncture?

About acupuncture

Acupuncture is part of the Traditional Chinese medicine proven by observation and practice. The history of this complete and integrated tradition dates back thousands of years. The main principles of acupuncture are balance, peace and harmony. The healing process of this natural cure is centred around the patient rather than the illness or certain isolated symptoms.

Acupuncture focuses primarily on the body as an energy system and helps stimulate the body’s own healing process by focusing on treating the whole body. According to Traditional Chinese medicine every illness is a consequence of imbalances in the flow of Qi through channels known as meridians. During the therapy needles are inserted at specific points along the channels to stimulate the blocked flow of Qi and quicken the body’s own healing process.

Reflexology is similar to acupuncture. The body is divided into zones reflected on the foot and hand. On the ear there are over 100 specific reflex points, which relate to all our internal organs and musculoskeletal system. Furthermore, there is a reflex connection between the related parts, and pressing the corresponding location the pain may be relieved successfully.

How does acupuncture work?

This natural cure can relieve pain by targeting the root of the problem. The duration and frequency of treatment is always based on the patient’s current needs. Most patients are feeling the benefits of acupuncture within one month of weekly treatments but it is strongly influenced by the illness being treated, as well as the patients’ response to treatments.

Furthermore, acupuncture is completely natural and does not use any drugs or chemicals, so there are no or negligible side effects. Some patients report feeling deeply relaxed, many fall asleep during their treatment.

Needle therapy

Most people associate needles with getting an injection or having blood drawn which is generally painful. In contrast, acupuncture needles are incredibly thin, slightly thicker than human hair. The needles are made of surgical stainless steel, gold or silver.

These tiny needles cause no or very little pain as they are inserted into acupuncture points on the body. Physiotherapists at Physio Medicine are experienced professionals in using acupuncture needles, so do not be afraid of needle therapy. Some patients may feel a little discomfort at the beginning of the treatment but most of them experience sensations like warmth or numbness. The needles are retained for 15–20 minutes or more depending on the area to be treated and the severity of the problem.

During the treatment, you may be lying on your stomach or back, or sometimes sitting or lying on your side while the needles are inserted. Stay still as long as you are comfortable but do not hold your breath. This is not only unnecessary but it is also increases anxiety and restrains the effects of the needle therapy.

What is acupuncture good for?

As a holistic approach, acupuncture aims to restore not only physical but also mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. It would seem that acupuncture is the answer to all diseases. Well, this is not the case, but it is recognised as an effective cure for a wide range of medical problems. According to the World Health Organization there are 28 conditions for which acupuncture has been proved to be an effective treatment.

Acupuncture is highly efficient for pain relief. If chronic or acute inflammation causes the disease, needle therapy can help to ease the pain. If the inflammation surrounds the shoulder joint––this is what we call frozen shoulder––nothing is more effective than acupuncture. This applies to lower back and spinal pain as well.

The most common overuse elbow injury is tennis elbow. This condition is caused by inflammation of the tendons. The pain typically radiates down the forearm, making it achingly difficult to extend the arm. Our physiotherapists have a well-functioning treatment for these symptoms.

Stress is a way of life for many people these days. As chronic stress contributes to anxiety and depression, our body does not have the opportunity to recover or respond to the early warning signs in the right way. Acupuncture can be a viable option: it alleviates stress, and people with depression may feel the benefits of natural cures, too.

If you have any further questions about acupuncture please feel free the contact us.

Warm up

Now lean back and let your muscles loosen. Concentrate on the fact that you have pain or something wrong, and you want to get better. This is time to focus your energy inward. Excellent. Now book your appointment. Let this happen.