Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine dating back more than 5000 years. The traditional Chinese view is that when we are healthy energy flows freely through the body in channels called meridians. If there is a problem the energy will stagnate, stimulation of the appropriate acupuncture points frees this stagnation. There is now increasing scientific evidence to support the effects of acupuncture. It has been shown for instance that acupuncture stimulates the brain to produce natural pain relieving chemicals: endorphins, melatonin (which promotes sleep) and serotonin (which promotes well-being).
Conditions That Can Be Helped By Acupuncture.
At Therapy-First Physiotherapy we specialise in using acupuncture as an addition to our physiotherapy treatments. It is particularly effective in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions as it can help with back and neck pain, tension headaches and muscle and joint problems.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture has an exemplary safety record, only pre-sterilised single use needles are used, and they are inserted to a high degree of accuracy into the acupuncture points. Our physiotherapists are highly qualified and members of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP).
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Most people who have acupuncture from a skilled practitioner are amazed how comfortable it feels. The proper sensation for acupuncture to be most effective is dull and heavy not sharp. As acupuncture stimulates the healing and regenerative processes within the body people often experience a wonderful sense of calm, and notice improved sleep and a feeling of well-being after each session.
Is Acupuncture Effective?
Many people experience rapid recovery in their condition with only a few sessions while others take longer to respond. Part of the reason for this variation is that some people are effortlessly better responders than others while some conditions are more deep seated and naturally require more treatment to produce a beneficial effect. The effects of acupuncture are cumulative in nature, building up its effectiveness as treatment progresses. In addition, if acupuncture is combined with manual therapy, the success rate of treating musculoskeletal conditions increases considerably.
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