WHAT IS MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE?
Traditional acupuncture is based on the concept of restoring balance within the body. The forces are referred to as Yin (negative) an Yang (positive). Stimulation of specific points on the body produce a flow of Qi (pronounced ‘chee’), or energy within meridians, or channels and works to restore this balance.
Research into acupuncture within the Western medical framework has shown that it can be effective as an adjunct to physiotherapy treatment through the production of endorphins and oxytocin, melatonin and serotonin – in other words, promotes the release of the body’s own chemicals which cause pain and stress relief, as well as blocking pain signals via nerve fibres.
Stimulation of acupuncture points is through very thin, stainless steel needles. At the Buckingham Clinic, we use only individually packaged, single-use needles which means it is a safe and sterile procedure.
COULD ACUPUNCTURE HELP ME?
Research has shown that medical acupuncture can be effective in decreasing symptoms associated with musculoskeletal problems. In one systematic review, Yuan et al (2008) found that acupuncture was effective compared to no treatment in the treatment of low back pain, as well as finding strong evidence for its use along with other conventional treatments. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines, updated in 2016, supports the use of acupuncture in the treatment of migraines, finding that it significantly decreased frequency of migraines as well as giving less negative side effects compared to drug treatment. Evidence such as this shows the incredible natural healing properties our bodies can have without the use of drugs! The use of acupuncture is also reported by the NICE guidelines for being an effective addition to treatment of neck pain and chronic back pain.
ACUPUNCTURE AT THE BUCKINGHAM CLINIC
We are excited to now be able to offer medical acupuncture provided by our physiotherapist. If this is something you may be interested in we would encourage all new and existing clients to enquire about it with the physiotherapist who would be able to advise if this may be helpful for your condition.