Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine involving thin needles being
inserted into specific points on the body. This affects the flow of your
body’s qi, or vital energy. The aim is to direct the flow of qi to
trigger your body’s healing response and to restore physical,
emotional and mental equilibrium.
The needles stimulate sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles
of the body to relieve pain and tension. The body then produces
natural substances, such as pain-relieving endorphins which are
responsible for the beneficial effects experienced with acupuncture.
The majority of people who seek out acupuncture do so for
musculoskeletal problems, including low back pain, shoulder stiffness,
and knee pain.
Acupuncture can also be used as a treatment
for the following:
• Chronic tension headaches
• Joint pain
• Postoperative pain
• Muscular tension
Acupuncture needles are so fine that most people don’t feel them being
inserted. It is normal to feel a mild tingle or dull ache as the
acupuncturist adjusts the needle. While the needles are in place most
people feel deeply relaxed which can continue after they are removed.