Acupuncture treatments see thin needles inserted into the skin at designated points on the human body. The practice began in China many thousands of years ago and has enjoyed a huge surge in popularity over the past 30 years, particularly in North America. Acupuncture balances the flow of energy or the life force (referred to as the Chi or the Qi) that the Chinese believe to run through the body. The insertion of needles into the pathways (or meridians) rebalances the flow of energy.
In Western practices, experts use medical acupuncture to stimulate key points in the nerves, muscles and connecting tissues. Stimulating the acupuncture points boosts the effectiveness of the body’s natural painkillers (endorphins) and increase the flow of blood.
At the Watford Injury Clinic, we use acupuncture for the following ailments and conditions:
Western Acupuncture is a variation of the traditional Chinese treatment that experts often refer to as dry needling. Used by doctors, osteopaths, physiotherapists and chiropractors, the Western method uses a selective range of techniques based on diagnosis and evidence-based research.
In Western countries, the treatment differs greatly from traditional acupuncture. Dry needling techniques use anatomic, physiological and scientific findings that specialists use alongside other proven therapies. Western acupuncturists study the treatment as a post-graduate qualification.
Different processes explain the effects of acupuncture, particularly in relation to pain relief. Primarily, acupuncture points stimulate the central nervous system to release pain-killing chemicals into the muscle groups, the spinal chord and the human brain. When released, these chemicals change the pain experience and release other chemicals to alter the human body’s self-regulation.
These biochemical changes reinforce natural healing and provide physical or emotional well-being through the following mechanisms:
Unlike the sensation felt during injections and blood tests, acupuncture needles make the body tingle or they create a very dull ache. Needles remain in the body for 20 to 30 minutes and patients experience feelings of heaviness in the limbs or a sensation of pleasant relaxation. Generally, the acupuncture process is comfortable and pain-free.
Contact the Watford Injury Clinic on 01923 442596 to discuss medical acupuncture with a certificated professional.