Acupuncture is the process by which a qualified practitioner strategically places very thin needles into the skin. This practice is known to mitigate pain, reduce stress and increase wellness.
Traditionally a Chinese Medicinal practice, acupuncture is, at its core, a technique that is used to balance the flow of energy in our bodies. The Mayo Clinic describes this belief as energy being 'chi' flowing through 'pathways or meridians in the body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance.'
In Western Medicine practices, acupuncture is known to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue to boost the body's natural pain killer.
Acupuncture & Musculoskeletal Pain - The Science
A range of clinical studies have discovered that acupuncture is an effective course of treatment for chronic neck pain, shoulder pain and lower back pain.
As a treatment form, acupuncture is low risk as it has minimal side effects and as such, is often recommended.
The literature surrounding this also suggests that 'acupuncture reduced pain sensations through direct stimulation of nerves, which changed the quality of signalling along nerve cells'.
A study conducted in 2012, concluded that those who received acupuncture as a treatment for chronic pain, saw a 50% improvement in their chronic pain symptoms.
Acupuncture for Lower Back & Neck Pain
When using acupuncture as a course of treatment for lower back & neck pain, there are a few key points that your practitioner may choose to target. They are:
- back of the knees points
- foot points
- lower back points
- hand points
- hip points
- stomach points
These points are important as they are the chi meridians that have been identified to connect to the lower back and neck areas.
During your appointment, be prepared to have the small needles inserted into many areas of your body. These needles do not provide pain but merely release the blocked energy within your body.
Acupuncture at Magic Massage
At Magic Massage, we offer acupuncture solutions for those who suffer from musculoskeletal issues, lower back and neck pain. Often those who choose acupuncture as a form of treatment will need 6-10 treatments to ensure that the body is responding correctly to the therapy.
Our qualified therapists have been thoroughly trained in acupuncture techniques that are known to alleviate pain throughout the body.
Contact David and the team at Magic Massage today to incorporate acupuncture into your personalised pain management plan.