Acupuncture is ancient healing tradition from China that, due to its effectiveness and versatility, has gained popularity in Western society.
It is a subtle yet powerful therapy in which the practitioner inserts sterile needles into specific points on the body, depending on your symptoms. Unlike orthodox Western medicine, acupuncture aims to treat the cause of your problem, not just the symptoms. It is a safe, drug-free holistic approach to good health. The needles used are very fine and are single use.
At Central Coast Body Mechanics we frequently combine acupuncture with deep tissue massage and stretching – an effective and comprehensive treatment that gives our clients the optimum opportunity for recovery and good health.
Acupuncture can help relieve a wide range of symptoms and conditions such as:
- Back pain, sciatica, tennis elbows
- Frozen shoulder, neck pain
- Headaches and migraine
- Sports injuries
- All stress disorders
- Insomnia, anxiety, depression
- PMT, period pain, irregular periods, infertility
Can acupuncture help you?
Wondering if acupuncture can help with your condition? Contact us with a short description about your condition and I will let you know if acupuncture can assist.
How does it work?
The Chinese have an understanding of energy moving through the body in the same way blood moves through the body. Blood is everywhere but moves around the body in major pathways which are the arteries and veins.
Energy (known as chi) is the same: it is everywhere but generally moves around the body in discreet pathways called meridians. There are 12 major meridians in the body and each one relates to a different internal organ, so there is a stomach meridian, a heart meridian etc.
Along these energy pathways, there are particular points which act like sub-stations in an electricity network. When you stimulate these points using acupuncture needles, it changes the quantity or quality of the energy moving through the meridian and therefore affects the function of the organ associated with that meridian.
Acupuncture aims to improve the health of the body by restoring a healthy flow of energy and blood throughout the body
Making the mind-body connection
In Chinese medicine, every organ in the body is linked with a particular mental capacity and a particular emotional capacity. If there is an emotion which, for some reason, is being suppressed, the energy flow along the meridian associated with that emotion will be constrained, often leading to a tightening of the muscles in that area.
For example the gall bladder channel (or meridian) runs from the side of the head down through the neck, the side of the body, through the buttocks and the side of the leg, finishing on the fourth toe. The emotion associated with the gall bladder is anger. So, if we are extremely frustrated (frustration being a mild form of anger) in a particular situation, the energy and the muscles often block in the neck or the buttocks which is why we have the expression of something being a “pain in the neck” or a “pain in the bum” – because this emotional tightening can literally produce pain in these areas.
Acupuncture releases such energy blocks, allowing the muscles to relax and the emotion to be processed.