What is Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a form of treatment that involves inserting very thin needles through a person's skin at specific points on the body, to various depths.  Acupuncture is classed as a complementary therapy – it may be used alongside conventional medical treatment that you might be receiving.


A number of very fine, sterilised needles will be inserted into your skin at specific points on your body. The number of needles your used varies, but it may be only two or three. The places where the needles are inserted may not necessarily be close to where you’re experiencing symptoms. 


When does Acupuncture help ?

Research carried out in Germany has shown that acupuncture may help relieve tension headaches and migraines. The NCCIH note that it has been proven to help in cases of: 

  • low back pain
  • neck pain
  • osteoarthritis
  • knee pain
  • headache and migraine

Acupuncture is excellent at reducing or removing the sensation of pain. If you have pain for example in your lower back then needles would be inserted in that area and left in for 5-10 mintues. 

Acupuncture needles in the back

Is acupuncture painful?

Acupunture is normal completely pain free. The needles are very thin and normally cause little or no pain. Many people describe feeling a mild tingling sensation.