You might be asking yourself, what is the difference between medical acupuncture and traditional Chinese acupuncture?
The answer; traditional Chinese acupuncture is based on the belief that it can restore the flow of Qi, an energy that flows through your body. While medical acupuncture takes an evidence-based approach and is only administered after a working diagnosis of any musculoskeletal dysfunction has been made.
What is acupuncture?
To better understand what acupuncture is, we have taken information directly from The British Medical Acupuncture Society’s website.
“Acupuncture treatment involves fine needles being inserted through the skin and briefly left in position. Sometimes manual or low voltage electrical stimulation is applied to assist the process. The number of needles varies but maybe only two or three. The practitioner will assess each patient’s case and treatment will be tailored to the individual; so it is impossible to give more than this general idea of what your particular treatment might involve.”
“Treatment might be once a week to begin with, then at longer intervals as the condition responds. A typical course of treatment lasts 5 to 8 sessions.”
“Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle, and can produce a variety of effects. We know that it increases the body’s release of natural painkillers – endorphin and serotonin – in the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain. This modifies the way pain signals are received.”
https://www.medical-acupuncture.co.uk/Patientinformation/GeneralInformationAboutAcupuncture.aspx (accessed, 8th July 2020).