Acupuncture is a therapeutic method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing, reducing or relieving pain and improving function of affected areas of the body. It involves the insertion of very fine needles through the skin and tissues at specific points on the body.
Traditional acupuncture is based on the principle that our health depends on the balanced functioning of the body’s energy. Acupuncture aims to normalize the flow of energy and thus resolve symptoms. Western acupuncturists believe that the body’s natural healing abilities are enhanced by acupuncture. This is done by stimulating the production of endorphin, the body’s own pain relieving chemicals.
Most patients feel only minimal discomfort as the needles are inserted, and some feel nothing at all. Acupuncture needles are extremely fine, sterile and disposable. With almost a complete absence of adverse effects and complications, acupuncture is very safe and effective.
In the past 2,000 years, more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with all other treatment options combined. Today acupuncture is used for a wide variety of musculoskeletal disorders, including headaches, arthritis, neck and back pain, TMJ problems, tendonitis, tennis elbow and sciatica.