Acupuncture is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine in which fine needles are inserted at certain sites in the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes.
It is often seen as a form of complementary or alternative medicine, but it is based on a scientific theory developed in China and Japan over many centuries.
The theory is complex but one of the simplest ways to describe it is that if the person is in pain, energy is not flowing smoothly somewhere in their body. Acupuncture needles can release stuck energy and help reduce pain.
The length of treatment is dictated by how each person responds – sometimes relief can be found after just one session, while with others it can take a few. Every treatment is determined by the progress made.