Kerryanne carries out Acupuncture treatment on a patient's back at Real-Ease

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a key part of Traditional Chinese medicine, with more than 2,000 points connected by meridians through which our energy flows. Disruption to this flow impacts our health both physically and emotionally, and acupuncture is believed to stimulate the central nervous system to promote the body’s natural healing ability. It is conducted using hair-thin sterile single-use metallic needles which are inserted into specific points to produce a sensation or ache.


What are the benefits of acupuncture?

Acupuncture stimulates sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles which results in the body releasing pain-relieving endorphins. A course of treatments usually creates longer lasting pain relief and beneficial effects than a one-off treatment, and it can be used safely during pregnancy, although if you could be or are pregnant you must tell us because certain points cannot be used at that time.


What can I expect in an acupuncture session?

Acupuncture sessions typically take up to an hour, and this varies because the length of time the needles are in place is dependent on your general health, the area being treated, the length of time you’ve had the injury, and whether it is your first acupuncture treatment or not. It can be carried out face down, face up, side-lying or in a chair, whichever is most comfortable for you. Once the sterile needles are inserted you are advised to relax and remain still to avoid bruising or pain. If you have any concerns at all, need to move, or a particular needle feels sore then let us know and it can be easily removed.

Does acupuncture hurt?

This depends on your sensitivity, as the treatment aims to stimulate an ache, throb, warm or tingling sensation at the points which dissipates with time. These are considered positive responses that the treatment is working, and while the experience is different for everyone acupuncture should not cause discomfort or pain.

What is acupuncture useful for?

Acupuncture can be used to ease a wide range of conditions including headaches and migraines, anxiety, digestive problems, dizziness, neck pain, frozen shoulder, and arthritic conditions.

How long do the benefits of acupuncture last?

The results depend on your lifestyle, age, habits, and physical condition, and how many sessions you’ve had. Initially you may feel the benefits for a few days, then with subsequent treatments the results can last longer and longer, and the treatment can become a maintenance plan.