Acupuncture, a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is the insertion of fine needles into points of the body, face and ears. In TCM pain and disease is believed to be caused by a blockage in the flow of energy (Qi) along meridians in the body. Inserting needles into certain points along these meridians frees up that blockage in the flow of Qi, thus reducing pain or alleviating the symptoms of a disease.
In Western medicine we know that the needle insertion stimulates the brain to release endorphins and serotonin. These brain chemicals increase relaxation, improve mood, aid sleep and promote a general sense of wellbeing.
Acupuncture also increases blood flow into tense and painful muscles and is very useful to reduce muscle pain and tension.
An acupuncture treatment can be very relaxing and create a greater sense of wellbeing. There is a small amount of discomfort with the needle insertion, after which there should be minimal to no pain. There can be a slight bruised feeling where the needle was inserted that can last for up to 24 hours, but that sensation will pass.
What can I expect?
You will have needles inserted in to various point in the body. Typically this includes the hands and feet, the shoulders, neck and throughout the upper and lower back. Points in the face and ears can also be used. After the needles insertion you can relax. Periodically the needles may be stimulated, which can cause a little discomfort, however, this does improve the treatment effect.
How long does a treatment last and what does it cost
You have two options. You can chose a 30 minute acupuncture session for stress relief that costs £40, or you can chose an hour where there will also be some soft tissue massage and cupping and the application of hot packs that costs £70. This is a very relaxing treatment that can promote a deep relaxed state. Take care to drink water after this session and you may need to take extra care if you plan to drive home.
Are there any side effects?
The only side effects are that the treatment can be slightly painful and that sometimes the needles can cause very small bruises. The needles are sterile single use needles and are disposed of in sharps bins that are incinerated.
Is my acupuncturist trained and insured?
Your acupuncturist is suitably trained to perform this type of acupuncture and a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapy (AACP). They are suitably insured to perform acupuncture covered by Balens and the AACP / Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).
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