Acupuncture at Fontwell Clinic

Acupuncture is an ancient form of medical practice originating in China over 3,000 years ago. In recent years it has become an increasingly used technique in the West, practised alongside conventional Western medicine.

AcupuncturePut very simply, the Chinese view of acupuncture is that there are 14 channels or meridians in the body channelling a vital energy or "qi". When this flow is disturbed, the balance of the body is altered and illness results.

Stimulation of acupuncture points by various methods can restore the balance. Even if we do not believe this idea, there is increasing evidence that stimulation of acupuncture points releases natural painkillers and other substances in the body. This can relieve pain or alter the way that it is perceived by the brain, and aid recovery from illness.

DOES IT WORK?

Acupuncture does not work for everyone; about seven in ten people will gain varying degrees of relief. Whether you believe in acupuncture or not seems to make no difference to the result of your treatment.

Treatment consists of very fine needles inserted in different parts of the body for anything up to 30 minutes, sometimes in positions distant from the site of the condition being treated. They usually cause little or no discomfort. The initial session will take up to one hour to allow time for a full history and examination. Subsequent sessions last half an hour.

AcupunctureIS IT SAFE?

Acupuncture has very few side effects and any which do occur are usually minor. Sometimes patients can feel tired after a session, or the condition being treated may temporarily get worse for a short while. Acupuncture needles are sterile and are thrown away after each use so there is no risk of transmitting disease.

HOW LONG DOES THE EFFECT LAST?

Improvement may be permanent or where there is physical damage, eg osteoarthritis, treatment may need to be repeated every so often to keep pain free.

WHAT CAN ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?

These are a few common conditions that can be treated with acupuncture

  • whiplash
  • arthritis
  • musculo-skeletal conditions
  • back pain

 

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