What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture involves thin needles being inserted specifically into points on the body to affect the flow of qi, or vital energy. Direct flow of qi is to trigger the body’s healing response and restore physical and psychological balance. Medical acupuncture involves stimulating sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles of the body. Also including:
When a needle is placed in the skin targeting a specific muscle, there is an increase to the blood flow to the area. Vasodilation to the blood vessels.
Reduces muscle tension
Pain relieving endorphins are released to the area being treated
Removal of waste products ie lactic acid etc
About the needles:
The needles used are fine and are usually a ½ a inch and 1 inch needles which are single use and pre-sterilised, which are disposed of in our sharps bin. On your first session less needles will be inserted, this will be to see how the you respond to treatment. In most cases, the therapist may rotate or pulse the needles to get maximum benefit and stimulate the area further. Once the needles are inserted they can be in for a period of 15 minutes to 30 minutes dependent on the area with massage included in the session. Most people don’t feel the needles being inserted, however you may feel a slight ache or tingle which is completely normal, keep as relaxed as you can until all needles are removed.
Medical Acupuncture 45 mins – £35
Area that we can treat:
- Thoracic Pain – Trapezius, Rhomboids, Infraspinatus (rotator cuff)
- Neck Pain – reduce tension headaches and migraines
- Shoulder Pain – Trapezius, Deltoid, Bicep and Infraspinatus (rotator cuff)
- Elbow Pain – Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow
- Lower Back Pain
- Glute Pain – Sciatic Type Symptoms
- Lateral Thigh Pain – TFL and ITB
- Knee Pain – Quadriceps
- Hamstring Pain
- Anterior Lower Leg Pain – Tibialis Anterior
- Lateral Lower Leg Pain – Peroneals
- Calf Pain
Clients may experience some mild and short lived effects:
- Pain where the needles puncture the skin
- Bleeding or bruising where the needles puncture the skin (capillary blood)
- Drowsiness or tiredness
- Feeling sick
- Feeling dizzy or faint
- Soreness and stiffness for 24-48hrs. This can be dependent on how many needles are inserted.
Specific contraindications for acupuncture will be discussed with your therapist on time of consultation before treatment.
- Increases Energy
- Increases Circulation
- Increase Range of Motion
- Increase Relaxation
- Decreases Pain
- Decreases Inflammation
- Decreases Stress