Acupuncture is a key component of Chinese Medicine, where it has been used for thousands of years. It consists of the insertion of sterile disposable needles into specific points along the energy channels in the body (meridians) to harmonise a person’s vital energies (Qi or Chi) to maintain or restore health.
Acupuncture can boost your immune system and stimulate your body’s ability to heal itself. It can help with pain relief, musculoskeletal conditions, acute and chronic internal conditions (such as digestive complaints, menstrual problems, headaches, hayfever, skin disorders), and mental-emotional problems (such as insomnia, anxiety, depression).
At Mijas Shiatsu we practise both full-body acupuncture and microsystems acupuncture, that is to say ear acupuncture and Wrist and Ankle Acupuncture (WAA). One can treat the whole body by needling the ears or the wrists / ankles. However, while WAA is used mainly for pain control, ear acupuncture is used principally for the following: detox, stopping smoking / addiction, stress / anxiety and insomnia.
Treatments last about an hour and are received on a treatment bench. The needles generally stay in for 40 minutes. Before the first treatment your practitioner will take a detailed health history. This is necessary to establish the overall pattern of disharmony, and cannot be skipped even if it is just a case of shoulder pain.
It is recommended that clients should eat something before coming for treatment, though not too much. It is not advisable to have alcohol beforehand.
Many people dislike needles and worry that they are going to be immobilised and in pain during treatments. It is true that in Chinese acupuncture you will feel the working of the needles, sometimes slightly, sometimes quite strongly. It is a sign that the needle has connected with and is working with the Qi of the channel. Each person may experience the arrival of Qi differently; the area may feel a little sore, heavy or numb, there may be a drawing feeling or something akin to a little electric shock, or there may be some kind of sensation along the particular channel that is being worked. So there may be slight discomfort, but you should never be in pain. If you are, the needles will be taken out immediately.
Our qualified acupuncture practitioner is a member of the Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council.
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