What is Traditional Chinese Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is becoming an increasingly popular treatment and often it can be combined with a Tui Na treatment for even more benefits. Traditional acupuncture is a healthcare system based on ancient principles which go back nearly two thousand years. It has a very positive model of good health and function, and looks at pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance. The overall aim of acupuncture treatment, then, is to restore the body’s equilibrium. What makes this system so uniquely suited to modern life is that physical, emotional and mental are seen as interdependent, and reflect what many people perceive as the connection between the different aspects their lives.

The focus is on the individual, not their illness, and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Each patient is unique; two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments.

Traditional acupuncturists believe that the underlying principle of treatment is that illness and pain occur when the body’s qi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely. There can be many reasons for this; emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury are among the most common. By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of qi to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response. Traditional acupuncture has a long history of adapting to new cultures in which it is practised. Its growing popularity and acceptance in the West may well promote yet more new and exciting variations on the ancient themes. A growing body of evidence-based clinical research shows that traditional acupuncture safely treats a wide range of common health problems.

What is Tui Na?

Tui Na is a widely used treatment in China to improve a persons physical performance as it helps to alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical exercise. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overuse, Tui Na can break them down quickly and effectively. By applying direct pressure and stretching the myofascia, fibrotic tissues are broken down and the production of elastic fibre is stimulated. Blood flow through the myofascial capillaries is enhanced and blockages are released that prevent a person from maintaining a pain free body. A flexible body is one of the keys to fitness and performance.

Most sports injuries involve damage to muscle fibres, myofascia or tendons and commonly by the overuse of of muscles that are not functionally balanced with other muscles. With regular maintenance, when injury does occur, it can be controlled. Stretches and manipulation have an unrivalled ability to speed up healing and restore normal pain free function. Research has shown that individuals felt less fatigued, muscles were less sore and they felt like they recovered faster after incorporating massage into their regime.

Other benefits of Tui Na include:

  • Improved range of movement and flexibility
  • Increased elimination of waste products
  • Decreased muscle spasms and muscular tension
  • Decreased chance of injury
  • Aids the body to detoxify by stimulating the lymphatic system
  • Aids lactic acid dispersal

Tui Na involves different forms of touch, pressure, stretching and twisting which has been perfected over the ages, and it is not necessary to undress for the treatment. Whether you are an athlete or not everyone can benefit from Tui Na, not only will it keep your muscles relaxed and in optimum condition, but it can help reduce symptoms of many constitutional problems, promote relaxation and remove blockages in the body to achieve equilibrium.

Our acupuncturist

Stephen Hunter, Therapist

Stephen Hunter

Tui Na / Traditional Chinese Medicine / Acupuncture

Hi my name is Steve and having studied in China for many years, I am qualified in a range of therapies including Tui Na (a type of fully-clothed massage) and acupuncture. Typically I spend an hour with patients using traditional Chinese methods to help relive everything from tight muscles, stress and tension to hormone imbalances […]

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What our patients say

Jenny, chiropractic testimonial


I have had 8 sessions of chiropractic, including acupuncture, and during this time my pain problems have significantly improved. I also had a massage during this time as the two therapies compliment each other well.

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Colin, chiropractic testimonial


The combination of chiropractic adjustments and massage has really worked and I have now recommended the clinic to others. The acupuncture came as a surprise, that wasn't my plan. But it's clearly working.

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Martha & Lucas

I would definitely recommend getting your children checked with a paediatric trained chiropractor, and not only if they undertake sports activities. I do think that as my children are more aware of their spinal health and are involved in protecting it at a young age, they will maintain this into adulthood and not experience the issues I have.

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Ramsey, massage therapy testimonial


As a keen cyclist in my spare time, it would really get me down when I was in too much pain to get out on the bike. However, following several sessions with Jack, I feel in much less pain, and can get back on the bike on weekends!

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Chiropractic services


Adjustments to the spine which restore the natural healing power of your nervous system to allow the body to heal itself

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Pressure points on the feet which are linked to every part of the body are used to restore balance and calm

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Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy

Focussing on the soft tissue and muscles of the body to increase blood flow which aids relaxation and healing

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