Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). More recently its benefits have become widely recognised within Western medicine, resulting in it now being incorporated in the NICE guidelines for the management of conditions such as low back pain and most recently migraines (www.nice.org.uk).
There are many hypotheses offered for how Acupuncture works. Evidence shows that acupuncture can stimulate the production of the body’s own pain reliving chemicals, such as endorphins, as well as melatonin (promotes sleep) and serotonin (promotes well-being). At Flow we explain that acupuncture is a holistic treatment: from process of the insertion of small needles into the skin at specific points in the body to the opportunity to be mindful of the body and any pain or altered movement that you may be experiencing, in a calm environment.
Acupuncture at Flow
At Flow we aim to respect the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approach to acupuncture and combine this with scientific evidence as a means of reducing pain, promoting healing and improving your general sense of wellbeing.
Prior to commencing a course of acupuncture you will be thoroughly screened and informed to ensure that acupuncture is an appropriate treatment for you. A treatment tends to last between 20 and 30 minutes, usually as part of a course of up to six sessions, depending on each individual.