Acupuncture

Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a therapy that promotes natural healing and improves function. Fine acupuncture needles are inserted at very precise points on the body, and these stimulate natural pain relief mechanisms in the body.

Acupuncture originated in China and is commonly known as a form of traditional Chinese medicine. Traditional practitioners believe that there are channels of energy running in regular patterns around the body and over its surface. These channels run through the body irrigating and nourishing internal tissues. If any of these channels are obstructed then the movement of energy is obstructed and this is associated with pain.

Modern medicine explains acupuncture as a system of stimulating the higher central nervous system to switch off pain signals and to release chemicals in the spinal cord, muscles and brain. The combination of reduced pain signals and released chemicals can either change the experience of pain or influence the body’s own internal regulation system to switch off pain.

 

Is acupuncture painful?

Acupuncture is not usually a painful experience. Acupuncture needles are very fine and are inserted quickly; there may be a slight discomfort as the needle breaks the skin, but generally this is not painful.

Whilst in the body the needles do not give a sharp pain but you can experience a strong sensation where the needles are situated. Some people report a feeling of warmth or coldness, heaviness or the release of tightness, but everyone’s experience is different.

 

What happens at an acupuncture appointment?

Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with physiotherapy and you may therefore have manual treatment and acupuncture during the same appointment. Your therapist will identify the specific points where the needles are to be inserted based on the problem to be treated. The length of time the needles are left in place will vary from just a few minutes if being used to release muscle tightness, to half an hour if used to stimulate the central nervous system and the brain’s higher pain relief centres.

 

What sort of conditions can acupuncture be used to treat?

Acupuncture can be used for pain management of most musculoskeletal problems including back pain, headaches, joint pain and post-operative pain.

 

Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP)

All the acupuncture therapists at Truly Therapeutic are registered members of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP). To gain membership, therapists must be UK Chartered Physiotherapists, have at least 300 hours’ experience in acupuncture practice and demonstrate ongoing professional development. These are demanding requirements and mean that registered practitioners are highly trained and experience and are up-to-date with the latest techniques.

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