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Medical acupuncture is a safe, modern treatment approach similar to traditional Chinese acupuncture and involves the strategic placement of sterile needles into various painful locations in the body.
The most widespread application of acupuncture is for pain relief, most commonly musculoskeletal pain, but also other forms of chronic pain such as neuralgia. There is scientific evidence highlighting how acupuncture can help with short-term relief of various musculoskeletal problems by releasing natural pain-killing and healing chemicals within the body.
Acupuncture involves inserting fine needles into painful areas in the body. These needles are and briefly left in position. Sometimes manual or low voltage electrical stimulation is applied to assist the process. The Square One therapist will assess each patient’s case and treatment will be tailored to the individual. The number of needles varies, however, this may be only two or three.
Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle and can produce a variety of effects. Acupuncture can 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.
A growing body of evidence based clinical research is discovering how the body responds to acupuncture and its benefits for a wide range of common health conditions. These conditions include:
- Back pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Chronic Pain
- Frozen Shoulder
- Tennis Elbow