Acupuncture is used to relieve physical pain as well as feelings of anxiety and depression. Deriving from ancient Chinese medicine, the technique involves fine needles being inserted through the skin at strategic points on the body.
Acupuncture is centred on the idea that an energy known as Qi travels through its own channels known as meridians. Practitioners believe that if Qi doesn’t flow freely through the body, illness can occur. They also believe that acupuncture can restore Qi, helping to improve health.
Acupuncture has grown in popularity over the years, with more and more people opting for this form of complementary medicine to treat a wide range of conditions. Read on to find out more about acupuncture Essex and its many benefits.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture involves stimulating the sensory nerves underneath the skin and within the muscles. This causes the body to release natural substances, including pain-relieving endorphins. Whilst unproven, it’s thought that these substances lead to the treatment’s beneficial effects. A course of acupuncture is usually recommended since it achieves longer-lasting pain relief than a single treatment.
How can acupuncture improve health?
Acupuncture is being increasingly used to alleviate a wide range of health conditions. Most commonly, it’s used to relieve chronic pain, including back pain, neck pain, tension-type headaches and migraines, dental pain, and pain resulting from arthritis. It’s also often used to treat stress, anxiety and depression and can improve sleep and digestion. Traditional acupuncture treats the whole person rather than simply the source of the pain, making it a highly effective treatment for many different conditions.
What are the benefits of acupuncture?
When you consider the many benefits of acupuncture, it’s not surprising that it’s become so popular in recent years. Not only is it useful for treating various health conditions but there are also very few side effects. Itching, light-headedness, mild bruising and fatigue and the only symptoms you’re likely to experience as a result of the treatment. Additionally, acupuncture can also be combined with other treatments, including massage therapy, chiropractic care and physiotherapy, allowing us to improve your condition in the most effective manner.
Is acupuncture a safe procedure?
Acupuncture is a safe procedure when carried out by fully trained professionals. Since there’s no statutory regulation of acupuncture in England, it’s vital that you find a practitioner who is a regulated healthcare professional such as a doctor or physiotherapist or a member of a national acupuncture organisation to perform this treatment. At Faye Pattison Physiotherapy, our physiotherapists are fully qualified and governed by the AACP (Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists), ensuring that we can perform acupuncture effectively and safely.
The needles we use are pre-sterilised and individually packaged, and once they’ve been used, we quickly dispose of them. We provide a high standard of aftercare once the treatment has been provided, monitoring you closely and assisting with any side effects.