Pain and Acupuncture
You cannot talk about acupuncture without talking about qi. The idea of qi is fundamental to the Chinese way of life yet there is no direct translation. First depicted as breath, then vapor and steam, it is loosely translated as vital energy and is in a constant state of flux.
Acupuncture moves qi, blood and fluids in the body using a gentle manipulation of fine gauge needles, affecting flow and moving blockages and in doing so relieving pain.
Acupuncture has been widely studied for it's anti inflammatory benefits. Needle stimulation has been found to turn on dopamine receptors bringing on a powerful anti inflammatory response in the body and relieving pain.
Angela uses both local and distal needle techniques to treat pain in the body. Acupuncture may help with neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, pain from osteoarthritis and knee pain.
Your treatment may include burning of mugwort near the skin which can reinforce the therapeutic actions of the needles, guasha, cupping and exercises.
"If there is free flow, there is no pain; if there is no free flow, there is pain" Chinese proverb