Acupuncture for children is becoming a more frequently used treatment for various health problems such as headaches, stomach aches and even depression. These chronic complaints often lead to children being absent from school however acupuncture aims to help prevent this.
Acupuncture aims to help relieve these common ailments in a variety of ways. Stimulating specific nerves within muscles and other tissues to release endorphins at certain acupuncture point has been shown to affect the way the brain and spinal cord process pain and stress, reduce inflammation and promote relaxation by disabling the ‘analytical’ brain which is responsible for anxiety. It can also help in stimulating the nervous system which alters the brains’ mood chemistry, increasing the production of serotonin to promote a better mental and physical wellbeing for children.
Often acupuncturists do not need to use needles at all when treating children which is useful if they have a fear of needles. As an alternative, acupressure is used where specific areas of the body are targeted to have the same effect as the needles. Parents are increasingly turning to acupuncture as a safe alternative to medications which they do not want their child to take. Instead Acupuncture can help to promote a balanced living approach to good health within a child.
Although there is a lack of evidence for acupuncture benefiting children, there are many anecdotal stories to support claims. At Acupuncture That Works we have treated children as young as a few weeks old and have testimonials to support our work. To find out more about how we can help please call us on 0800 051 76 88 for a free no obligation consultation.