What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body, known as acupuncture points. The points are spread across a complex map of meridians that are said to channel and feed Chi (life energy) to organs of the body. 

The treatment then involves relaxing while a few, sometimes as little as two, needles are inserted into points. The procedure is painless because the needles are so fine. They will be left in for a period of time before they are removed. A complete treatment usually lasts around one hour.

What is the purpose of acupuncture?

Chinese medicine teaches that the insertion of needles into acupuncture points facilitates the movement of chi around the body and to specific organs. Acupuncture can unblock and stimulate energy to flow to areas that may be unhealthy, which then, promotes healing. It can also be used to gain and maintain a balance between the numerous conflicting forces within the mind and body. Within the Chinese system these are Yin and Yang, and also the five elements, fire, earth, wood, metal and water.

Benefits of acupuncture to the active person

Acupuncture can trigger tissue healing, cell regeneration and bring pain relief. Many active people use acupuncture to help their bodies recover quicker and stronger during the rehabilitation period. Growing research points to the benefits of acupuncture for musculoskeletal ailments and pain relief. Psychologically it can also raise energy levels, bring peace of mind and reduce depression and stress. Used regularly it can help the body adapt to physical and psychological stressors that confront the athlete.

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