Acupuncture is a system of medicine developed in China over 2,500 years ago. The practice of acupuncture stimulates your body’s own healing abilities by balancing your energy. This energy is called “qi” (pronounced Chee). It flows through a network of pathways called meridians. There are specific points on the meridian where the qi accumulates, called acupoints. The acupoints are typically stimulated using fine acupuncture needles in specific combinations that are clinically proven effective. According to acupuncture theory, disease and pain are the results of an imbalance of energy in one or more of the meridians. The meridians are related to specific internal functions that are identified by anatomical units such as the kidney, heart, liver, lung, and spleen.
Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) as a useful adjunct treatment or alternative treatment in a comprehensive health management program.
What you can expect?
You will have very thin sterile disposable needles inserted into points on the appropriate meridians. Typically, you will feel nothing, or you may feel a slight pinch, followed by a warm, heavy sensation. The needles remain in the body for ten to thirty minutes. During the treatment, most patients feel very relaxed and often fall asleep. Symptomatic relief may occur immediately, or the resolution of symptoms may take longer, depending on the severity and persistence of the condition. Acupuncture treatments affect the body differently than conventional Western treatments. The acupuncture treatments are building blocks, building upon the previous session, so a more balanced state gradually becomes the norm.
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Acupuncture is an effective method for alleviating chronic pain that results from muscle tension, but it is not something that can be practiced at home or without a licensed and experienced acupuncturist. Contact Stride Sports & Physiotherapy today for an appointment and to find out how this form of treatment may be able to support your optimal wellbeing.