How Does Acupuncture Work?

HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK? We are often asked how on earth putting a few needles in to a muscle can possibly work? Traditional acupuncture has been practised for thousands of years and is derived from Chinese medicine.  It is based on the belief that an energy, or "life force", flows through the body in channels called meridians. This life force is known as Qi (pronounced "chee").  Practitioners who adhere to traditional beliefs about acupuncture believe that when Qi doesn't flow freely through the body, this can cause illness. They also believe acupuncture can restore the flow of Qi, and so restore health.* Western acupuncture (also known as dry needling) works by stimulating the nerves under the skin and muscles of the body.  This triggers the production of normal substances in…
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Patients are satisfied with Osteopathic Care

According to recent studies, 96% of patients are happy with their Osteopathic Care.   (Source: iO Quality in Osteopathic Practice, 2018) Furthermore, patients who enjoy a good experience with their Osteopathic Care are more likely to show an improvement in their symptoms. A recent survey also showed that patients have a high level of confidence and satisfaction with Osteopathic practice, significantly more than some other health care practices. An Osteopathic consultation can last up to an hour for a new patient and includes taking a full medical history as well as discussing any concerns, symptoms and injuries the patient is experiencing.  This time allows a positive patient partnership to develop which supports shared decision making for improved outcomes. Osteopaths use a wide range of gentle ‘hands-on’ techniques that focus on releasing…
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