As one of our leading services and treatment options, acupuncture is almost certainly a term that you will be familiar with – but how much do you really know about it?

Combining the insertion of very fine stainless steel needles with specific positioning and placement to deliver targeted pain relief throughout the body, acupuncture is a hands-on service which should only be performed by skilled and highly trained specialists. Here at Faye Pattison, our acupuncture treatment in Chelmsford is used alone and as a supplementary treatment alongside other therapies including movement and stretching.

To help you understand the treatment in a little more detail, here are three things you didn’t – or may not – already know about acupuncture.

1. Acupuncture boasts physical and emotional benefits for clients

Recommended for a wide range of issues and ailments, most clients come to us seeking the pain-relieving benefits of acupuncture – but have no idea that it can be equally beneficial for mental well-being as well.

Stress and anxiety are two of the most common issues that acupuncture can manage, by balancing the flow of the body’s energy and stimulating the muscles to heal and relax at will. The idea is that the targeted insertion of needles is specifically selected to heal chronic pain and readdress the flow of energy around core areas – be it an emotional stumbling block or a physical ailment.

2. No, the pins don’t hurt!

Something that clients will be pleased to hear is that acupuncture is not meant to hurt – in fact, the needles are so fine that you often won’t be able to feel their presence at all. If anything, clients tend to report a warm and tingling sensation when the needles are moved and twisted, otherwise, they only report positive benefits and feelings post-treatment.

3. Acupuncture is one of the oldest examples of healthcare in the world

Believe it or not, acupuncture is not a modern form of alternative therapy – nor has it been dreamed up by clinics looking to expand their repertoire and treatment methods. Derived from the Latin words “acus” (meaning “needle”) and “pungere” (meaning “to prick”), acupuncture is one of the oldest examples of healthcare in human history.

Its origin story is centuries old and is believed to have been first conceived as the treatment it is today in China. Now, here at Faye Pattison in Chelmsford, it is one of our most popular and sought-after treatments, connecting clients with an enhanced mental and physical state.

Should you try acupuncture for yourself?

As mentioned earlier in this article, acupuncture boasts a wide range of benefits, and can have a positive impact on all manner of issues across men and women, young and old.

If you’re open to exploring alternative forms of therapy, in place of or as a supplement to traditional physiotherapy and movement, acupuncture offers a way to treat acute pain and deliver targeted relief across the body. For more information and to book your first session, get in touch with us directly.