Can Acupuncture Help You?

Acupuncture offers an excellent natural treatment for the management of musculoskeletal and neurological pain. 

A few commonly treated conditions are:

  • Lower back pain
  • Neck & shoulder pain 
  • Muscle pain and tightness
  • Tension type headaches
  •  Migraines
  • Sciatica
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome. 

Acupuncture has a general regulating effect on the body and can also help with:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Hormonal Imbalances

If you would like more information on a particular condition or whether acupuncture could benefit you, please get in touch. 

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into Acu-points on the body. It originates in China and has been used for thousands of years for the treatment of acute and chronic pain.

How does it work?

It is not yet fully understood how acupuncture works, however scientific research and clinical evidence show that acupuncture has many effects on the nervous system and the muscles.

Local effects: Acupuncture produces many of its effects by stimulating the nerves, this can cause the local blood vessels to dilate, increasing blood flow to the area, which encourages tissue healing and reduces inflammation. 

Pain relief: Acupuncture has been shown to stimulate the body’s own pain suppressing mechanisms, releasing chemicals such as endorphins, serotonin and melatonin. It can reduce pain locally, where the needles are inserted and also throughout the body

Regulatory effects: Acupuncture has a general calming effect on many patients and improves their well-being and sleep. When the needles are inserted it has been shown to stimulate structures within the brain, that are in control of regulating the body’s functions, such as the hypothalamus. 

Myofascial trigger points: When muscles are strained or overloaded, it can create small areas of damage that can take time to heal and cause persistent pain. Small knots or tight muscle fibres form (known as myofascial trigger points). Needling these points can inactivate them.  

How many treatments will I need?

For acute conditions, 1 or 2 treatments would often be enough, however for more chronic conditions you are likely to need around 6-8 treatments.

Does it hurt?

Acupuncture rarely hurts. The most that people experience is a dull ache around the base of the needle, or slight tingling feeling when the needle is inserted. Some points can sometimes be a little sharp, but the feeling is usually brief. 

About the treatment

Your acupuncturist will first do a full consultation and answer any questions or concerns you may have. A treatment plan will be put together tailored to you. The acupuncture treatment involves the use of single use, pre-sterilized disposable needles of varying widths and lengths that pierce the skin at specific points. The needles are typically left in  position for 20-30 minutes before being removed. Most treatments are often followed by a 10 minute sports massage of the affected area, as this can enhance the effects of the acupuncture.