Acupuncture is a traditional technique of East Asian heritage, whereby thin needles are painlessly and strategically inserted into the skin, to achieve numerous benefits both physically and emotionally.
As well as being used for pain treatment, it is now increasingly being adopted to improve health and wellness, including stress management.
Acupuncture works by balancing our life force energy, known as “chi”, which is believed to flow through pathways (meridians) throughout the body. It is believed that by inserting these thin acupuncture needles into particular points along the meridians, your life force energy will re-balance. Western medicine believes this technique stimulates nerves, muscles and connective tissue, boosting your body’s natural painkillers.
What conditions can be treated?
Headaches, both tension and migraines
Lower back pain
Every individual is different, and tailored treatment plans will be advised based on your needs and goals. A typical plan includes around 6-8 treatments within a month, with potential maintenance sessions.
The stages of treatment are:
Your practitioner will insert thin acupuncture needles strategically in the desired areas. It is not uncommon to receive between 5-20 needles in each area, based on your ailments. The needle insertion is generally painless; however, you may feel a slight aching sensation when the ideal depth has been reached.
Once correctly inserted, the thin needles may then be gently twisted in the muscle to release tension.
After around 15 minutes of relaxation with the needles inserted, the needles are removed. This process carries no discomfort or pain.
After your session, it is not uncommon to have a feeling of relaxation; some may also feel energised, having unblocked certain trapped energy points within the body