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Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture?

It is the symptomatic relief of pain using the insertion of very fine, sterile, single use, disposable needles into a specific location of the affected part of the body. Acupuncture can be used to help with a wide-range of problems including headaches, muscular tension, back and neck pain, and osteoarthritis.

How does Acupuncture work?

There are two main medical models which explain how acupuncture may work – the Western Scientific model and the more Traditional Chinese Medical model.

Western medical acupuncture is the use of acupuncture after a proper medical diagnosis. It is based on scientific evidence that shows the treatment can stimulate nerves under the skin and in muscle tissue. This results in the body producing pain-relieving substances, such as endorphins. 

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"). Practitioners who adhere to traditional beliefs about acupuncture believe that when Qi does not flow freely through the body, this can cause illness. They also believe acupuncture can restore the flow of Qi, and so restore health.

Acupuncture should not be painful, although the Physiotherapist is looking for a sensation called “Deqi” (“a needling sensation”) which shows that the needles are causing or improving the flow of Qi. One of the most sought after sensations is a feeling of calmness or drowsiness, which can occur during treatment, after treatment, or not at all.

How to Book an Appointment?

To book an appointment please telephone the Physiotherapy Department directly on 01206 753 222 or fill the contact us form

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