Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatment where fine needles are inserted for both therapeutic and preventative treatment.
How acupuncture works
Western medical acupuncture is generally used after medical diagnosis. Acupuncture for MSK (Muscular Skeletal) & Injury is used to relax muscles and aid recovery.
The insertion of needles results in the body responding naturally with pain-relieving endorphins and thus creating a healing response.
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”) and when flowing freely through the body brings balance.
Uses of acupuncture
Acupuncture can be used to support other therapies and may help with
How acupuncture is carried out
In my treatments needles can be included with or without massage, they are left for between 20-40mins and removed and disposed as clinic waste (yellow bin). All needles are single-use individually wrapped and sterile.
Your treatment may be seated or laying and depending if massage is being included you could remain fully clothed.
Needles are sometimes stimulated during a session, depending on the area being treated.
You may experience a dull ache or tingling as the body responds to them and if you experience anything too uncomfortable I’ll take them out.
Safety and regulation
There’s no statutory regulation for acupuncture in England, however I hold a certificate in Acupuncture for Muscular Skeletal/Injuries and have had the necessary visit from my Local Authority to enable me to obtain my licence to offer this treatment.
You may experience some short-term, mild side effects which could include:
Bleeding & Bruising at the needle site
Dizziness or Fainting (usually before you leave me – and I won’t let you go until I’m happy you’re ok)
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