Medical acupuncture treatment is a modern adaptation of the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture.
It is defined as a therapeutic technique that involves the insertion of fine needles into certain points across the body to encourage healing and pain relief.
It is based on scientific evidence, which shows that needling can stimulate muscles and nerves under the skin.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) specifically recommends the use of medical acupuncture treatment for lower back pain.
How medical acupuncture treatment works
Western medical acupuncture is the use of acupuncture following a medical diagnosis. It involves stimulating sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles of the body.
This results in the body producing natural substances, such as pain-relieving endorphins. It’s likely that these naturally released substances are responsible for the beneficial effects experienced with acupuncture.
A course of medical acupuncture treatment usually creates longer lasting pain relief than when a single treatment is used.
Traditional acupuncture is based on the belief that an energy, or “life force”, flows through the body in channels called meridians. This life force is known as Qi (pronounced “chee”).
Practitioners who adhere to traditional beliefs about acupuncture believe that when Qi doesn’t flow freely through the body, this can cause illness. They also believe acupuncture can restore the flow of Qi, and so restore health.
KB Osteopaths have spent almost 20 years providing professional acupuncture treatments which have helped hundreds of people with a variety of ailments. Get in touch with us today for a free impartial chat about how you feel and we will do our best to tell you how we can support you.