Acupuncture is derived from ancient Chinese medicine. It uses fine needles inserted at various points of the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes. Often viewed as complementary or alternative medicine (CAM), it has found acceptence in wider medical circles, providing NHS general practices and pain clinics with aadditional treatment options.
Western medical acupuncture is usualy only ever applied after a proper medical diagnosis. Scientific evidence shows that treatment can stimulate nerves under the skin and in muscle tissue resulting in the body producing pain-relieving endorphins, this scientific exploration is what give acupuncture it's new found seal of acceptability.
Traditional Chinese acupuncture centers on the "life force", or chi (qi) which Chinese medicine believes flows through the body in channels called meridians. Practitioners who adhere to traditional beliefs believe that Qi not flowing freely through the body, causes illness and that acupuncture can realign and restore this 'energy flow'
Acupuncturists use acupuncture to treat a wide range of health and pain conditions.
- lower back pain
- neck pain
- irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- shoulder pain
- elbow pain
- rheumatoid arthritis
Even though more scientific evdidence in required to support these paractices acupuncture has even been used for conditions such as:
Hills Physical Developments use acupuncture as part of a physiotherapy programme. It's an integrated part of the treatment process and is only used when scientific research has shown the benefits of acupuncture treatment for individual ailments, conditions or injuries.