Acupuncture is an alternative form of medicine which is often used alongside other more physical treatment methods. It sees a trained practitioner insert very thin needles into specific points of the body, under the skin and into the muscles where it can then stimulate the production and release of endorphins and other natural substances.

The production of these substances is designed to facilitate a positive reaction, which helps the patient to feel emotionally and physically better after treatment. But with acupuncture considered an alternative and holistic form of therapy in comparison with other areas of physiotherapy, one question which is often raised is how patients can know if they need acupuncture.

Here are some of the signs that you might benefit from acupuncture in Chelmsford – and what to do if you think this could be the right treatment option for you.

You experience chronic pain

Acupuncture can be combined with other treatment plans, such as physical therapy and massage therapy, to help alleviate and relieve some chronic pain. As it inspires the production of endorphins and other feel-good substances in the body, acupuncture also helps to improve circulation which brings fresh oxygenated blood to the body’s tissues. All of this helps chronic pain because it decreases the stress hormones and relaxes muscle tissue, while also flooding the body with endorphins which help to minimise and counterbalance physical pain.

At the same time as this, the body can more effectively flush itself – not only eliminating waste products but also enhancing recovery through the circulation of oxygen through the blood. This makes acupuncture an ideal alternative treatment for long-term as well as one-off injuries and ailments.

You are suffering from mental and emotional challenges as well as physical ones

One of the lesser-known facts about acupuncture is that it is often linked with anxiety and depression and can help to alleviate emotional and mental symptoms as well as physical ones.

This is because acupuncture as a treatment involves the use of needles which are inserted into specific points of the body, and which are said to redress the balance of energy throughout the body. Traditionally, acupuncture was considered a means of altering the life force deep inside the body, with practitioners using the needles to alleviate blockages and allow “Qi” – the body’s energy – to flow freely again.

How to find out more about acupuncture

The beauty of acupuncture is that it provides benefits against a wide range of issues, conditions, injuries, and ailments. With the thin needles promoting the production of endorphins as well as igniting a series of natural processes, it remains a popular treatment option for physical as well as mental and emotional ailments and is a valuable alternative for those who want to avoid medicines.

Acupuncture can be used and prescribed alongside other treatment plans such as rehabilitation and physiotherapy, with your local clinician able to talk you through the various methods and options for integrating acupuncture into your plan.