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Acupuncture is part of Chinese Medicine. It is an ancient form of healing, and dates back thousands of years.
Chinese Medicine has a different, yet simple view of how ill health arises in the first place, where our physical health is dependent on the smooth and balanced flow of energy throughout the body. This energy is known as Qi, and when the flow of Qi is disrupted, symptoms develop. These symptoms can include such things as pain, lack of energy, a painful or irregular menstrual cyle, headaches and so on. Many things can disrupt this flow, such as trauma, injury, poor nutrition and the stresses and strains of everyday life. Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into acupuncture points. These points are located all over the body, along which it is believed our energy flows. Needle insertion is pain free, however during manipulation of the needle following insertion, the patient does experience a sensation. This is unique to every patient, but is more of a pulling or dragging sensation as opposed to pain.
Acupuncture treats the whole person, and can do on both a physical and emotional level. Treatment involves taking a full and detailed case, and during this part of the process all aspects of health are explored. As well as the main complaint, we'll look at sleep, digestion, energy levels and any other symptoms. We will also take your pulse and observe your tongue, checking rate and rhythm, and for cracks or movement in the tongue. Valuable diagnostic information is gathered in doing this, which will allow us to create a treatment plan as individual as you are.
This holistic form of Acupuncture is different to dry-needling techniques or Clinical Acupuncture that is used by Physiotherapists and Sports Therapists.