Acupuncture is a means of stimulating the body to respond to the condition it is experiencing. This is done by inserting exceptionally fine needles into specific points around the body. By doing this the flow of what the Chinese call ‘Qi’ or energy is stimulated, thus aiding the healing process. In western medical terms, the insertion of needles activates the release of endorphins and other chemicals in the body, helping to relieve pain, relax muscles in spasm and allowing normal and healthy blood flow.
Acupuncture needles are extremely fine, so fine that when they’re inserted they are generally painless. However a sensation may be experienced, that is often described as a ‘tingling’, ‘dull ache’ or a ‘warm feeling’. Sterile, single use, disposable needles are used.
The initial consultation and acupuncture treatment at the Leamington Spa practice lasts 1.5 – 2 hours, subsequent visits are up to an hour and a half, the number of sessions vary depending on the nature of the condition and how long it has been a problem. A detailed medical history is taken at the initial consultation resulting in each individual having a personalised treatment plan specific to their condition and needs.
It is suggested to have treatments at regular intervals and as a response is achieved, the periods between treatments can be extended. Many people experience a deep sense of relaxation, along with other benefits obtained during treatment.
Following treatment, improvements for some may be immediate, while for others it may take longer. Occasionally an aggravation of symptoms can occur, but this is short lived and is specific to certain conditions.