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Acupuncture actually originated in China several hundred years before the Common Era. Initially sharp stones and long bones were used instead of the needles that are common today.
It is still considered by many to be an alternative or holistic approach to medicine although it is getting much more recognition. This is because reputable clinics such as Wellers Hill and Woolloongabba physiotherapy are able to show that it really can make a difference.
How Acupuncture Works
Extremely thin needles are pushed through your skin at specific points on your body. Each needle must penetrate to a specified depth. Studies show that this can reduce the pain in your body and help it to heal. However, it is not known exactly how it works.
One of the most predominant theories is that it triggers the release of endorphins which make you feel good.
It is believed that reacts with your nervous system to trigger the release of chemicals in your brain. These reduce inflammation, calm your body and improve blood flow.
What It’s Used For
Acupuncture is used to help you cope with a wide array of conditions, some of the most popular include:
- Severe general pain
It is believed that acupuncture is effective at reducing pain in your body. One study showed a distinctive reduction in pain and improvement in mobility straight after a session of acupuncture.
However, the study also demonstrated that there were no discernable long-term benefits. If you have acupuncture you’re going to need to keep having it.
Interestingly other research has shown that acupuncture is exceptionally effective at dealing with tension headaches. In fact, research suggests that the frequency of these headaches actually reduces when having regular acupuncture sessions.
General pain is also reduced, as demonstrated by a study of knee pain. The research showed that the use of painkillers was delayed when patients were receiving acupuncture to offset the pain.
Acupuncture involves inserting needles into your body; this means that there are some risks associated with every procedure. The most common risks are:
- Bleeding from the site of the needle; this should stop quickly unless you have a medical condition or are taking blood thinners. You may end up it lots of red dots on your body.
- Pin is likely when the needle is inserted; after all, anything going into your body is generally painful.
- Skin rashes are not very common but are a risk; especially if you have sensitive skin.
- Allergic reactions are also possible if you have a reaction to the needles being used or anything else in the room that has been in contact with the needle.
- Infection is also possible if the needles have not been properly cleaned and sterilized before each use.
- You may also find yourself feeling nauseous, dizzy or even fainting.
If you’re considering acupuncture it’s essential that you use a properly registered and licensed practice. This will reduce the risks.