Acupuncture is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine. Fine needles are inserted at certain sites in the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes.
How acupuncture works
Western medical acupuncture is the use of acupuncture following a medical diagnosis. It involves stimulating sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles.
This results in the body producing natural substances, such as pain-relieving endorphins. Itis likely that these naturally released substances are responsible for the beneficial effects experienced with
As Physiotherapists we mostly use acupuncture to help reduce pain. Acupuncture has been shown to have a good effect on:
- chronic (long-term) pain
- chronic tension-type headaches
- joint pain
- dental pain
- postoperative pain