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Acupuncture has been around for 4000 years.
The Chinese believe that we all have energy flowing through us in the form of QI (pronounced "chi").
When you are happy and healthy this QI flows freely.
However, the QI will stop flowing freely when an imbalance occurs due to ill health, life stresses, physical pain or emotional pain.
The Chinese see QI as the link between mind, body and spirit.
TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) acupuncture is used to stimulate and balance the body's energy flow.
Acupuncture is also used regularly with sports massage in the same way physiotherapists use it. Here, the stimulation of blood flow and the body's own healing abilities are stimulated. This can be can be useful with acute muscle injuries/tears or spasms.
I often hear, "I'm scared of needles". Acupuncture needles are really fine much much smaller than the ones used to take your blood. All you feel is a tiny scratch as it touches the top of the skin. I often get comments saying, "I didn't even feel it going in". Once the needle is in you may get a bit of a tingly feeling - but no pain.
Cupping works on acupuncture points as well as tight muscles WITHOUT using Needles. The cups have a vacuum affect increasing the blood flow enabling the body to heal itself. Cupping is a relaxing experience. Some clients do experience some reddening or bruising for a couple of days after but if you don't want needles or hands this is a great way of getting treatment.
Are the needles sterile? Yes - each needle is packed in it's own sterile pack.
Should I ask my doctor? You don't need to .. BUT if you have underlying health conditions, low blood pressure, blood clotting issues, are under medical treatment, are on heart medication, or epileptic:
Do ask your doctor if you are not sure. Some doctors encourage complementary therapies - some have no time for them.
How many treatments do I need? Each person is individual and the number of treatments can differ in relation to how you respond and what you come to me for. I have some clients who come every couple of weeks, once a month or for the occasional pick-me-up. For muscular injuries, depending on the severity, 2 or 3 sessions may well be enough.
Are there side effects? Occasionally, some bruising may occur around some areas that have been needled. With cupping treatment some people experience red marks for a couple of days.