Acupuncture is part of an integrated system of health care called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that dates back thousands of years in China. Special techniques are employed to harmonise physiogical imbalances and restore health. Acupuncture works on the premise that invisible channels transverse the body. The body’s energy’s (qi) courses through these channels, similar to your blood coursing through your vessels. When illness or injury occurs these channels become blocked, leading to an imbalance manifesting a pain or discomfort. Acupuncture seeks to unblock and harmonise qi within these channels by targeting specific points which in turn assists the body on restoring health.
Why clients have this treatment?
Acupuncture treats pain, including headaches, neck and shoulder pain, back pain, menstrual pain etc.
Acupuncture also treats digestive problems, colds/flu, allergies, asthma, excema, stress and anxiety, insomnia and menstrual and fertility problems.
Acupuncture is drug free, treats the symptom and the cause, and assists in prevention against disease (detecting imbalances before they lead to disease).
Benefits of regular treatment?
Pain and injuries need to be treated regularly, especially in the acute stages. Acupuncture will reduce pain, bruising, swelling and inflammation while increasing range of movement and reducing muscle spasm.
Acupuncture can also be used regularly as a maintenance treatment for a long term problem to reduce the need for medication and surgery.
How often do clients need treatment?
In my experience, regular weekly treatments are more beneficial (in China acupuncture is given daily).
If you have a recent injury, once or twice a week to begin with should provide a lot more pain relief.
How long the treatments continue often depends on how long you have had the problem.
What injuries is this treatment for?
- Neck and shoulder injuries
- Back injuries/sciatica
- Knee injuries
- Sports injuries including sprains and strains
- Tennis elbow
- Frozen shoulder
- Joint injuries
- Plantar fasciitis
What to expect?
Medical history – your medical history and any other relevant info will be taken.
Tongue and pulse diagnosis – the tongue and pulse are studied, allowing for an overall assessment of the problem and to get an understanding of the cause.
Treatment – the insertion of fine sterile needles into acupuncture points. These are left for about 20 minutes. The needles are designed to circulate blood and energy around the body to clear any obstructions that may be causing you any pain or illness. Vacuum cupping and massage may also be used to increase circulation and release tight muscles.