A BRIEF HISTORY
Acupuncture is believed to originate in china, being mentioned in documents dating back thousadns of years. Over the centuries it has become one of the standard therapies used in China, alongside herbs, massage and diet.
During the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), The Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion was publishe, this forms the basis of modern acupuncture, it describes the full set of 365 points, the channels through which the needles can be inserted to modify QI energy flow.
It has become more popular in Europe and America and is now widely used by Physiotherapists to help relieve pain
Fine, single use, sterile needles of varying widths and lengths are used to pierce the skin at acupuncture points in the body with the aim of reducing pain. The physiotherapist will determine the locations of these points depending on where the imbalance is.
Acupuncture is used for a wide variety of conditions including back pain, neck pain and arthritis.
A number of needles are inserted, depending on the condition, during treatment. These are left in place for between 20 and 30 minutes. The physiotherapist may gently turn the needles during your treatment.
Once the needles are in place it is normal to feel a mild ache, numbness, warmth or a heavy sensation around the area of the needle.
Like all treatments. acupuncture works well for some people but not for others. You may see a benefit from the outset while for some, it takes several treatments or not at all. Beneficial effects may be short or long term.