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Acupuncture is a fascinating treatment, and yet it’s acquired quite the unsavoury reputation, instilling a dull sense of dread in many. As ever, we’re out to prove why this therapy deserves a re-think, encouraging you to see acupuncture in a new light with these little-known facts. Find out how the treatment earned its place in our Newcastle physiotherapy clinic.

It Has a Long History

Originating in Ancient China around 3,000 years ago, acupuncture certainly has the weight of history behind it. As the years have passed, the technique has had ample opportunity to be refined and perfected, with more and more evidence stacking up in favour of the treatment’s efficacy. In other words, with such an established history, you can dismiss those worries about it being just another health fad.

There’s Science to Back It Up

Using sterile needles no thicker than two strands of hair, our fully qualified physiotherapist pinpoints areas just beneath the skin, leaving needles inserted for 20 minutes at a time. These tense areas are known as ‘trigger points’, located within the muscle tissue itself and referring pain throughout different (sometimes entirely unexpected) parts of the body. Once stimulated, these points have been found to prompt the brain and spinal column into producing natural pain-relieving chemicals, be it endorphins, melatonin or serotonin. As such, a biochemical healing process is kicked off in the body, enhanced further still by combining the treatment with follow-up deep tissue massages.

It Treats a Variety of Conditions

Until recently, acupuncture has been subject to a raft of scientific scepticism. Yet, clinical studies are increasingly indicating that a medley of common complaints can be remedied by this ancient treatment. From musculoskeletal problems, including back, neck and shoulder pain, to relieving headaches, migraines, and even promoting healthy sleeping patterns, acupuncture is a truly holistic treatment.

So you see, acupuncture isn’t the bad guy it’s made out to be. Reap the diverse benefits of our professional acupuncture therapy by booking today on 0191 284 9111 or visiting our website for further information.

Kevin Kennedy

Director / Clinical Lead Physiotherapist

Kevin is an Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapist, Acupuncturist and Pilates instructor with a special interest in neuro-musculoskeletal dysfunctions and pain.

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