Acupuncture and Remedial Massage
Acupuncture and remedial massage (tuina in Chinese) are techniques that have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for over 2000 years.
TCM considers that pain derives from congestion or stagnation in the body, which prevents the free flow of vital nutrients such as oxygen, blood, neurotransmitters and hormones.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of disposable super fine needles in specific places – acupoints – that have been demonstrated over centuries to restore the flow of blood, thus oxygen and thus energy. These points are often located on what is referred to as an ´acupuncture meridian´ which is like an information highway. With scientific advances we have now observed that these information highways which often occur within fascial/connective tissue planes of the body, are sites of important cellular communication or signalling. These signals ultimately regulate the body and can include: neurotransmitters that send messages to the brain such as pain or pleasure; hormones that can affect our metabolism and energy levels; and also vital cells within the immune system that protect us from viruses, bacteria and cancer.
A combination of acupuncture and remedial massage can be used in a typical treatment and people will often experience immediate relief from chronic pain, muscle tension or tightness, and restricted movement.
Lifestyle factors including activity (exercise and work), sleep, diet and emotional factors/stress levels are also discussed as they are considered as the pillars of a person´s overall recovery and well-being.
If conditions are chronic and have been persistent for a long time, generally a course of follow-up treatments are recommended.