Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Originating in China more than 2000 years ago, acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve its functioning. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.
Common conditions treated with acupuncture include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chronic pain
- Low back pain
- Menstrual cramps
- Muscle/myofascial pain
- Stroke rehabilitation
- Tennis elbow
How does Acupuncture work?
The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.
The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.