What Is Acupuncture?


Acupuncture is derived from ancient Chinese medicine where fine needles are inserted into the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes.

Scientific evidence shows that acupuncture treatment stimulates nerves under the skin and in muscle tissue, resulting in the body producing pain relieving substances, such as endorphins.

Acupuncture is based on the belief that an energy, or life force, flows freely through the body in channels, these are called meridians. This life force is known as Qi (pronounced “Chee”) when Qi does not flow freely through the body this can sometimes result in illness. Acupuncture can restore the flow of Qi, and so restore your body back to health.

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How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture needles are as fine as a piece of hair. When the needle is inserted there is usually no or very little sensation. However as the needle connects to the Qi, there is usually a pulling or heaviness around the area. This usually lasts up to a moment or two then subsides. This can create a sense of deep relaxation and calm during your treatment.

Ultra-fine sterile acupuncture needles are placed at points in to your body to disperse any blocked energy you may have. The fewer blockages you have, the better the flow of energy, hence more balance is achieved making you feel better, which in turn can stimulate the production of ‘happy’ endorphins, these are natural chemicals released in the brain. Acupuncture improves the body’s ability to heal and restore physical and emotional balance.

Acupuncture helps by stimulating the blood circulation throughout the body, which in turn balances the nervous system. The main aim of acupuncture is not only to treat a specific symptom, but also help rebalance the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of an individual

What Does Acupuncture Treat?

Research shows that acupuncture can help with symptoms of:

anxiety, arthritis, addiction, back pain, skin problems, depression, headaches, low energy, pain relief, menstrual problems, hay fever, sinus problems, sciatica, asthma, IBS and insomnia.

Acupuncture in Sports Massage

This method is often used in my clinic for its ability to reduce inflammation of the muscles, restore the natural Qi and relax the client.