Acupuncture at Greenfields includes Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and Medical Acupuncture, also known as Dry Needling.
Traditional acupuncture is a system of healthcare which originated in China many thousands of years ago. The ancient Chinese were not allowed to cut into the body, so they came up with a different system to explain the communication and connections within the body that worked via channels as opposed to nerves and blood vessels. Through meticulous observation and record keeping, they showed how any obstruction along a channel would, over time, lead to pathology and/or pain within the body. Through careful study they developed an intricate system of cause and effect. Acupuncture aims to address any imbalance within the body to correct the communication networks and therefore improve health.
From a medical viewpoint, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system, influencing the body's self-regulating homeostatic systems, leading to the promotion of physical and emotional well-being.
When included in a comprehensive management programme, acupuncture has been proven to reduce pain levels. If you are being treated medically for your injuries, you may want to assist your process by balancing with acupuncture.
Whether dealing with the stress or pain from your injuries, balancing with acupuncture has shown to help many people recover.
Because acupuncture provides a way of diagnosis and treatment that is outside of the western model, acupuncture can often provide a fresh perspective giving you insight into the cause leading to a new treatment approach.
An interesting and consistent outcome is that acupuncture is found to be a safe treatment with very few side effects when undertaken by a qualified practitioner.
Often, one or two treatments provide noticeable and often complete relief. Because acupuncture is not a curative modality, some conditions may require several treatments as well as dietary adjustments and/or complementary herbal remedies.
Western medical acupuncture is a therapeutic modality involving the insertion of fine needles; it is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence based medicine. While Western medical acupuncture has evolved from Chinese acupuncture, its practitioners no longer adhere to concepts such as Yin/Yang and circulation of qi, and regard acupuncture as part of conventional medicine rather than a complete “alternative medical system”. It acts mainly by stimulating the nervous system, and its known modes of action include local antidromic axon reflexes, segmental and extrasegmental neuromodulation, and other central nervous system effects. Western medical acupuncture is principally used by conventional healthcare practitioners, most commonly in primary care. It is mainly used to treat musculoskeletal pain, including myofascial trigger point pain. It is also effective for postoperative pain and nausea. Practitioners of Western medical acupuncture tend to pay less attention than classical acupuncturists to choosing one point over another, though they generally choose classical points as the best places to stimulate the nervous system. The design and interpretation of clinical studies is constrained by lack of knowledge of the appropriate dosage of acupuncture, and the likelihood that any form of needling used as a usual control procedure in “placebo controlled” studies may be active. Western medical acupuncture justifies an unbiased evaluation of its role in a modern health service.