Acupuncture is a traditional form of Chinese medicine in which fine needles are inserted into the body to promote healing and improve muscular function. At TurnAround Therapy we use Medical Acupuncture which is a westernised version of this traditional technique. In Medical Acupuncture the needles are used directly into any tense areas of the body which has an immediate effect, helping to reduce pain.
How Acupuncture Works
The Acupuncture needles stimulate nerve fibres under the skin which helps to reduce sensitivity & ultimately reduce pain. A process called Vasodilation occurs at the site of the needle, which means blood flow is directed to those specific points of tension where the needle is, this blood contains nutrients that help heal the body, by encouraging blood to areas of pain it helps to speed up recovery. Acupuncture also helps to produce endorphins and oxytocin which are pain and stress relieving chemicals.
Will it be Painful?
Acupuncture rarely hurts. The most that people experience is a dull ache around the base of the inserted needle, or a slight tingling feeling when the needle is inserted.
If your unable to relax in your treatment it can cause discomfort in the muscle when the needle is applied, as well as moving and contracting the muscle which will irritate the needles. The more you can relax, the more of an enjoyable experience you will have.
At TurnAround we use medical acupuncture during our Sports & TurnAround Massage’s as an additional tool to relieve pain alongside massage techniques. Your therapist will always ask before using any needles.