What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the many and varied therapies of Traditional Oriental Medicine. It involves the insertion of ‘hair fine needles’ into certain locations to stimulate the body’s healing energy for ‘Qi’.
Once viewed as very mysterious and poorly understood in the western world, Acupuncture is fast becoming recognised the world over as a safe and reliable method of treatment for a great many conditions – millions of people world-wide have benefitted.
What conditions may acupuncture treat?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has produced a long list of disease categories for which Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has demonstrable benefit.
The following list is by no means exhaustive:
- Sprains & strains
- Irregular or painful periods
- Menopausal syndrome
- Fluid retention
- Neck-Shoulder/Back/Knee Pain
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Addictions to smoking, alcohol and other substances
- High blood pressure
- Skin disorders
FAQs about the Treatment
Where will the needles be inserted?
The needles are gently and painlessly inserted into what are known as ‘Acupuncture Points’ or ‘pressure points’. These ‘points’ are carefully selected for you by the practitioner.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture is widely regarded as a safe and reliable therapeutic modality in today’s Clinic.
Are the needles sterile?
All needles are gas or gamma sterilised and have clear ‘best-before’ information. They are also designed to be disposed of after a single application.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are hair-fine with a point configuration similar to that of a bullet. Great care is taken when inserting, so Acupuncture needles will not damage the structures beneath the skin.
What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is also commonly known as Western Acupuncture. It is often used within osteopathic appointments an effective therapy to treat muscular tension and spasms, which commonly accompany conditions such as arthritis, nerve irritation, muscular strain, ligament strains and herniated discs.
When performing dry needling, a very small, thin, solid filament needle is inserted in a contracted muscle to create a local twitch reflex. This is both diagnostic and therapeutic, as it is the first step in breaking the pain cycle.
Research shows that this will decrease muscle contraction, reduce chemical irritation, and decrease pain.