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Western Medical Acupuncture


 

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Acupuncture is a medical technique used to treat a wide variety of conditions. In recent years, acupuncture has become increasingly popular in the Western world. It can relieve symptoms of some physical and psychological conditions and may encourage the patient's body to heal and repair itself.

 

Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle, and can produce a variety of effects. It has been shown to increase the body's release of natural painkillers - endorphin and serotonin - in the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain. This modifies the way pain signals are received. Modern research shows that acupuncture can affect most of the body's systems.

 

The practitioner will assess the patient’s problem at the first appointment and treatment will be chosen for the individual. At this appointment the treatment is often minimal to assess the patient’s response.

 

Fine needles are inserted through the skin and left in position briefly, sometimes with manual or electrical stimulation. The number of needles varies but may be only two or three.

 

Treatment might be once a week to begin with, then at longer intervals as the condition responds.

 

Acupuncture can be used in a number of conditions. Some of the common conditions are:

  • Pain relief for a range of painful conditions such as musculoskeletal pain, for example - back, shoulder, neck and leg pain
  • It has been used successfully to treat headaches, migraines, trapped nerves, chronic muscle strains, sports injuries and various kinds of arthritic and rheumatic pain
  • Functional bowel or bladder problems such as IBS or even mild forms of incontinence
  • Menstrual and menopausal symptoms
  • Help with stopping smoking.