Very fine single-use pre-sterilised needles to stimulate specific acupuncture points on your body. The needles are inserted into specific points to stimulate a healing response in the patient. Specific points are chosen depending anatomical findings. The treatment is specific to the individual to rebalance the flow of energy in the channels and bring about healing. Because energy meridians range across the whole body, the points used are not necessarily close to where you experience pain or discomfort.
Who can use acupuncture?
Acupuncture has received recognition for a range of healthcare conditions through the release of official reports by international health committees. The World Health Organization (WHO) in 2002 and more recently the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in 2012.
These publications recommend that acupuncture be considered for a number of conditions, with the strongest support for conditions such as:
Lower back pain, tension-type headaches, migraines (NICE 2009).
Post-operative dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction (NIH 1997, WHO 2002).
Menstrual cramps, morning sickness, breech presentation during pregnancy, labour induction (NIH 1997, WHO 2002).
Tennis elbow (NIH 1997, WHO 2002).
Fibromyalgia (NIH 1997, WHO 2002).
Osteoarthritis of the knee, neck pain (WHO 2002).