Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been practices for thousands of years. According to the original principles, Qi (pronounced chee & translated as vital energy) flows around the body through channels (called meridians) with specific strength & force.
It is believed that a blockage in the meridian will disrupt the flow of Qi, resulting in pain, illness & various other symptoms. Acupuncture needles are therefore inserted into specific points to ‘unblock’ the meridians & promote the natural flow of Qi, which in turn balances Yin & Yang.
In recent decades Acupuncture has gained increasing popularity in the Western world due to the development of diagnostic equipment that enables researchers to ‘visualise’ the effects of Acupuncture.
- Increased production of natural anti-inflammatories & painkillers, including ‘feel good’ endorphins
- Stimulation of areas of the brain that regulate pain
- Stimulation of certain nerves that prevent ‘pain’ signals being transmitted to the brain
- Relaxation of tight muscles and associated Myofascial trigger points (knots within taut bands of muscle and its surrounding tissue)
- Release of hormones that promote relaxation & stress reduction
The Physiotherapy Centre offers Acupuncture for:
- Pain relief for musculoskeletal problems including common aches & pains experienced during pregnancy
- Headaches & Tinnitus