What Conditions Can be Treated with Acupuncture?

Acupuncture uses needles to trigger specific points of the skin to heal a variety of conditions. It is an ancient Chinese medicine-based approach that is minimally invasive and stimulates nerve-rich areas of the skin surface. It works by creating a tiny injury at the insertion site, which is small enough to produce little to no discomfort, but enough to send a signal to the body that it needs to respond.

What conditions can acupuncture treat?

There is evidence to suggest that acupuncture could help relieve symptoms from the following conditions:

–      Anxiety

–      Arthritis

–      Long-term pain

–      Depression

–      Insomnia

–      Migraines

–      Nausea

–      Sinus congestion, or nasal stuffiness

–      Stress

–      Infertility

–      Addiction

–      Skin appearance

Migraines and headaches

Acupuncture may be an effective treatment for you if you experience migraines. Thin, sterile needles will be inserted into the skin at particular points such as the arms, legs, back or sometimes the head or face. The needles will be left in for around 15 to 20 minutes.

In a study, over a six month period, research showed that acupuncture was effective in reducing the frequency of migraine symptoms by 41% compared to those who did not receive acupuncture. It was noted that acupuncture was as effective as preventative migraine medications.

Back pain

Many people experience back pain and it can be quite debilitating. Acupuncture may help you if you experience back pain as a way of coping with chronic pain. The needles help to stimulate the nervous central nervous system which may trigger the release of chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord and brain. In a study, acupuncture was able to reduce lower back pain and provide better back functioning immediately after treatment.


If you suffer from insomnia, you may find benefits from acupuncture that help you with your sleep. In a study, researchers found that acupuncture was effective at improving insomnia symptoms, sleep efficiency and total sleep time during treatment. Furthermore, 2 to 4 weeks after treatment, participants’ sleep awakenings and self-rated anxiety also improved.

Are you looking for acupuncture in Chelmsford? Essex Physiotherapy provides a range of services to help your body get stronger and heal. We provide acupuncture treatments that can treat a variety of different physical symptoms from arthritis to migraines. If you’re struggling and would like some extra support, get in touch with us today. You can book your first acupuncture session today by visiting our website or calling us on 01245 325 037.

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