Acupuncture is most effective against musculo-skeletal problems such as sciatica, lower back pain, frozen shoulder, etc. When treating these types of conditions, your therapist is likely to insert the needles into local points surrounding the effected area.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice and in terms of this theory, it is when your chi is blocked or unbalanced, that illness occurs. The aim of the treatment is to redirect your chi back into the places where it is most needed in order to clear up any stagnation / obstructions.
This treatment is a way of rebalancing your bodies natural energy, or chi. The needles are used on very speciﬁc points along meridians in your body. These pathways and points correlate with your internal organs, thus manipulating and improving their function. e.g, if you suffer with indigestion, it is likely that your stomach meridian will be concentrated on.
Usually, when the needles are inserted, there is no feeling, the treatment is not painful. As each needle is manipulated, you may experience a feeling of warmth or a tingling sensation, most people ﬁnd this quite pleasant. The session will usually last for an hour and include some acupressure and massage as this enhances the effect of the needling.
It is likely that you may need a course of treatments in order to get the best results. Most people have some beneﬁt from just one session however, top up sessions are advised to maintain those beneﬁts. The amount of treatment you will need is highly dependent upon the severity of your condition and your lifestyle, among other factors. These aspects may be discussed when you arrive.