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acupuncture for stress release, relaxation and insomnia

ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, an ancient medical system, that has gained substantial recognition in the Western world due to its supported scientific efficacy in addressing a variety of ailments and disorders.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) adopts a holistic approach to healing, encompassing various aspects of an individual, including lifestyle and physical and mental predispositions. Analysing signs and symptoms of a disbalance aims to find the root cause of a condition, thus devising a tailored treatment strategy that caters to each individual needs. TCM perceives illnesses as a blockage that impedes the natural flow of energy within the body, “deqi ” often arising from a combination of factors and deeper layers of ourselves.

Through the technique of acupuncture, the immune mechanism of an individual is invigorated via the insertion and manipulation of needles. Doing so facilitates the release of obstructions, thereby promoting the flow of "deqi," the essential life force. This stimulation triggers the body's innate immune mechanism and healing processes.

How does it do that?

Needle sensations reach the nervous system and signal the body to release neurotransmitters such as endorphins and serotonin, which participate in our anti-inflammatory, pain and mood-regulatory responses.

Some of the evidence-based conditions acupuncture can help with include :

  • Stress and stress-associated complaints such as : 

  • Anxiety and sleep disturbances,

  • Tension headaches,

  • IBS,

  • PMT,

  • Addictions and cravings

  • Musculoskeletal: speeds up the healing process of broken bones,

  • Reduces pain, both acute and chronic

  • Fatigue and tiredness

 

 

 

ELECTRIC ACUPUNCTURE

Electric acupuncture involves using an electric device to promote further needle stimulation. Electricity has long been used to treat health problems, especially chronic pain due to muscle and joint dysfunction. From the Traditional Chinese Medicine view, it moves stagnation of Qi and blood, therefore helping to regain the normal functioning of the musculoskeletal system and reducing pain. 

The treatment procedure is the same as for traditional acupuncture; however, the needles are connected to an electric machine, which gives impulses and electrical stimulation to the local area of pain. 

The treatment is not painful as I adjust the stimulation accordingly, making sure the client feels in a safe, protective and comfortable environment at all times. 

EA is particularly indicated for all the conditions of the musculoskeletal system and chronic and acute pain such as:

  • carpal tunnel syndrome

  • tendinitis

  • osteoarthritis

  • bursitis

  • lower back pain 

  • shoulders and neck tension 

  • sciatica/piriformis syndrome 

  • stiffness in the joints and muscles

How is the treatment performed?

Fine needles are inserted in different body areas and left for about twenty minutes. During this time, you might experience different bodily sensations like a shift of energy or something "moving" in the body. You can also feel a sense of pressure around the needles. This is nothing to worry about but just a sign that the needles induce the healing mechanism, and " deQi " has been stimulated. The parasympathetic system will kick in, causing a sense of relaxation and well-being.

electric acupuncture effectiveness for muscular tension and pain
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