Acupuncture may be used as a treatment by itself or as part of an osteopathic consultation. The insertion of small needles aims to reduce pain and tension through modulating the bodies own response to a stimulus, whilst promoting healing.

Medical Acupuncture

Western medical acupuncture is the use of acupuncture following a medical diagnosis

It involves stimulating sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles of the body.

This results in the body producing natural substances, such as pain-relieving endorphins and inflammation markers.

These substances have a physiological effect on the body and it is likely that these naturally released chemicals are responsible for the beneficial effects experienced with acupuncture.

There are approximately 7,000 nerve endings in the human foot and each of them is a reflex point

That corresponds to a body part. Reflexologists use special finger and thumb manipulations to stimulate these reflex points and they know exactly which area of the foot corresponds to which body part by learning the following Reflexology chart.

Practitioners who adhere to traditional beliefs about acupuncture believe that when Qi doesn’t flow freely through the body, this can cause illness. They also believe acupuncture can restore the flow of Qi, and so restore health.

Acupuncture is Good For

  • Chronic pain such as neck pain
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Minor sports injuries

Is Acupuncture Safe

  • Relatively few complications from using acupuncture have been reported. However, complications have resulted from use of nonsterile needles and improper delivery of treatments.
  • When not delivered properly, acupuncture can cause serious adverse effects, including infections, punctured organs, and injury to the central nervous system.
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