Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical practice that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate various physiological responses. The fundamental concept behind acupuncture is to promote the flow of energy, or “qi” (pronounced “chee”), through the body’s meridians or energy pathways. It is believed that the balanced flow of qi is essential for good health, and disruptions or imbalances in this energy can lead to various ailments. Some people also find it calming and stress-relieving.
Acupuncture is often used for a wide range of health conditions, including pain management, stress reduction, and overall well-being. The specific points and techniques used in acupuncture can vary depending on the individual’s condition. It may help to reduce stress and anxiety by promoting relaxation and affecting the body’s stress response. Some people find it calming and stress-relieving. It can also help with gastrointestinal problems such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, and acid reflux, and may help improve sleep quality and alleviate insomnia by promoting relaxation and balancing the body’s energy.
Although it is rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, it has gained recognition and popularity in many parts of the world, including Western countries. Studies suggest that it may have therapeutic benefits, particularly in the management of pain and certain medical conditions.
Acupuncture is typically performed by licensed and trained practitioners who use sterilised, disposable needles to reduce the risk of infection or other complications. It is generally considered safe when carried out by qualified professionals. Before seeking treatment, it is advisable to consult with a healthcare provider to discuss your specific health concerns and determine if acupuncture is an appropriate option for your condition.
All our therapists are fully qualified and are members of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists.