PJP blog - why acupuncture works

Today on my blog, I will discuss why acupuncture works. It is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine using fine needles that are inserted at certain sites in the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes.

Why acupuncture works, in traditional Chinese medicine, is that it balances the life force known as “Qi” (pronounced “Chi”). Illness is said to be the consequence of an imbalance of the force. Qi is said to flow through meridians, or pathways, in the human body. These meridians and energy flows are accessible through 350 acupuncture points in the body.

Why acupuncture works

Acupuncture points are known as places where nerves, muscles and connective tissue can be stimulated. The treatment involves stimulating sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles. This causes the body to produce natural substances such as pain-relieving endorphins.

At my clinic, I often use acupuncture to treat musculoskeletal conditions including low back pain, neck pain, joint pain, knee pain, osteoarthritis, post-operative pain, headaches and migraines.

What to expect from an acupuncture treatment

I will examine you and assess your condition first. I will then ask you to lie down on your back, front or side, depending on where the needles need to be inserted. I will then use a single-use, disposable, sterile needle and insert each one individually. You may feel a very brief sting or tingling sensation when the needle is inserted.

Acupuncture is relatively painless. The needles then stay in place for between 5 and 30 minutes and there is usually no discomfort when the needles are removed.

After the treatment

Some people feel very relaxed after an acupuncture treatment and others can feel energised. Many people find why acupuncture works is that it is a means to control a variety of painful conditions.

The number of treatments I suggest really depends on the individual. So, if you would like to find out more about how acupuncture can help you, then please get in touch and I can provide you with advice.

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