Does it hurt?
Insertion of the needle is not painful, there may some minor discomfort when manipulating the needle that may last a second or two. This can be a mild ache, a warming or spreading sensation. There are spots on the body that are more sensitive than others. Generally there is very little discomfort and after application of the needles you enter a nice relaxed state.
Why choose Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a great all round health modality with the focus on the entire body, no body part or system is taken in isolation. The body is viewed as a series of interconnected systems, each affecting the other, powered by a life force called Qi. This concept of interconnectedness also pertains to thoughts and emotions and their role in disease. Although acupuncture is used very effectively to treat acute and chronic injuries and pain it is a far more wide ranging system of treatment. In fact many people are surprised to find that not only is their initial complaint relived but they start to see changes and improvement in many other areas of their lives.
To date, modern scientific research studies have revealed the following actions of acupuncture
• inducing analgesia
• protecting the body against infections
• regulating various physiological functions.
- Eases stress and anxiety
- May improve sleep
- May increases energy levels
- May speed up recovery time
- It works very well in conjunction with other therapies and treatments.
- May assist in decreasing the use of analgesic medications
- Calms and relaxes the body
- May improve the immune system
How it works?
Research has shown that acupuncture affects a variety of biological systems -- releasing hormones, disabling receptors, and activating anti-inflammatory chemicals. It has been suggested that the healing power of acupuncture comes from its effect on the nervous system. Nerves at the insertion point of the needle are stimulated causing local chemical and muscle reactions. The needle stimulus affects nerve pathways in the brain, causing the release of endorphins (neurotransmitters that act as natural painkillers). Other studies show that acupuncture influences circulation, which may decrease pain sensations and aid in organ function. The therapeutic actions of acupuncture are achieved by the body’s potential to self heal.