Acupuncture is form of alternative medicine in which thin needles are inserted into the body. It’s purpose is to encourage the body to promote natural healing and to improve our overall function.
Acupuncture is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and has been used for centuries. In TCM, the Chinese proposed that energy channels run in patterns throughout the body. These channels, also known as meridians, are similar to rivers, as they flow through the body and nourish the tissues. In the Western world, acupuncture is taught to treat an illness or pain.
Although acupuncture is often looked at as a pain relieving method only, it does have broader applications and can be used treat various conditions. Acupuncture can be very effective by itself, but is even more effective in combination with other forms of treatment, such as physiotherapy. It can also make it easier to perform manual therapy or complete exercises.
Since the needles used are quite thin, most patients will not feel the needle penetrate the skin. Once the needle is in the skin, most people feel nothing at all.
Acupuncture can be very effective for conditions such as headaches, whiplash, sciatica and tendonitis.
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