Acupuncture has been used in China for over 3000 years.  It is considered one of the older forms of medicine.
The Eastern Explanation for how Acupunctures works is that the life energy flowing through the body which is termed Qi (pronounced chee) can be influenced and balanced by stimulating specific points on the body. These points are located along channels of energy known as meridians that connect all of our major organs. According to Chinese medical theory, problems arise when the flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced or is blocked.
The Western Explanation for how acupuncture works is that specific points located near or on the surface of the skin are stimulated by the insertion of a needle.  These areas of designated electrical and sensory sensitivity have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve the desired effect.

The substances released as a result of acupuncture not only relax the whole body, they regulate a chemical in the brain which plays a role in human and animal disposition. This is why depression is often treated with acupuncture.
Some of the physiological effects observed throughout the body include increased circulation, decreased inflammation, relief from pain, relief of muscle spasms and increased T-cell count which stimulates the immune system.

Many people gain signifcant relief from acupuncture, but it does not work for everyone.  The effects of acupuncture are cumulative and some people may require a few treatments.   Acupuncture is very safe and virtually painless to receive and is practised in this clinic by Chartered Physiotherapists who have undertaken approved training in to provide pain relief within their practice alongside other forms of treatment.