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Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years with ancient Chinese practitioners using splinters of bone or wood to stimulate or sedate points around the body.

In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is linked to the belief disease is caused by disruptions to the flow of energy, or qi, in the body. Acupuncture stimulates points on or under the skin called acupuncture points or acupressure points, releasing this qi. According to theory,┬áchi┬ácirculates in the body along 12 major pathways, called meridians, each linked to specific internal organs and organ systems. The uninterrupted and balanced flow of energy along these meridians contributes to one’s overall health

What is involved?

Pre-sterilised disposable needles are now used. These needles are single use ie: they are used once and then disposed of in sharps bins. Depending on the location of the treatment, you will either sit or lie down. Properly done, acupuncture is painless because the needles are very fine (around 0.14 to 0.25 mm wide). When the needles are inserted, you may feel mild tingling or ache around the site, warmth or heaviness, or even nothing at all.

Acupuncture needles on back of a young woman

After a session of acupuncture, you will normally feel relaxed and refreshed, but specific responses depend on each person. For instance, some people feel energised, while others feel sleepy. Occasionally, the symptoms may get a little worse before they improve.

The number of treatments you need depends on your condition. In most cases, people experience a reduction in symptoms within a few sessions. The idea of acupuncture is to restore the natural balance of energy inside your body. Once the balance is restored, the body can take care of itself and no further treatments are necessary.

Experience counts

Michael uses Japanese Meridian Therapy Acupuncture and has been practicing for 19 years. He continues his active ongoing learning by regularly attending acupuncture continuing education workshops to bring effective treatment for patients.

The use of acupuncture provides a powerful tool to assist patient recovery when combined with the hands-on manual therapy skills employed at Physiopoint.

We treat a range of conditions including peri-menopausal hot flushes, musculoskeletal conditions, shingles, aches and pains, anxiety and fibromyalgia. We are happy to take enquiries about how acupuncture may help you.