Acupuncture is an effective form of treatment for a wide range of conditions. It is commonly used to treat musculoskeletal pain, such as back, shoulder, neck and leg pain.
Acupuncture has been successfully used to treat headaches, migraines, trapped nerves, chronic muscle strains and various kinds of rheumatic and arthritic pain.
The treatment itself involves fine needles being inserted through the skin, stimulating the nervous system. Its known modes of action include the release of the body's natural painkillers, such as serotonin; and endorphin, which modifies the way pain signals are received in the spinal cord and brain.
Rising Health uses dry needling and intramuscular stimulation (IMS) techniques to help relax overactive muscles, which contain trigger points.
Typically, 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 may only be once per week to begin with in combination with manual techniques and as the condition responds, it will take place with longer intervals.
But acupuncture does much more than reduce pain. It has a beneficial effect on general health and patients often notice an improved sense of wellbeing after treatment.
Modern research shows that acupuncture can affect most of the body’s systems – the nervous system, muscle tone, hormone outputs, circulation, antibody production and allergic responses.