Traditional Chinese medicine proposes that, in a healthy body, QI (energy) flows via special channels (meridians). In the unhealthy state, this flow is interrupted. However, this can be corrected by the appropriate insertion of needles. Modern research shows that acupuncture stimulates the brain via the nerves in the skin and muscle, and this stimulates the body’s healing and pain relieving chemicals.
Acupuncture can be used to treat acute and chronic muscle and joint injuries, back and neck pain, sciatica and sports injuries. The points are usually stimulated by the insertion of very fine, sterile needles but laser, electro-acupuncture, or acupressure may also be used.