Acupuncture & Acupressure
Stimulation of muscles and nerves to balance blood flow and promote long-term health and wellbeing.
Treatment for aches, pains, and neurological disorders
Safe, effective relief from pain
Long-term health and balance
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a type of treatment that involves inserting ultra-thin needles at specific points on the body and at varying depths.
While the technique is derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine, the treatment has risen in popularity across the world, with over 10 million treatments given annually in the US alone .
Acupuncture can help treat many conditions, particularly those involving chronic pain.
The World Health Organization's review and analysis of reports on clinical trials  indicates that acupuncture is an effective treatment for 28 diseases and disorders, including:
Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
Dental and facial pain
Nausea & Vomiting (inc. morning sickness)
Shoulder pain (inc. periarthritis)
Sciatica (nerve pain)
Other studies suggest acupuncture is beneficial in further areas such as:
Back pain [3, 4]
Knee osteoarthritis 
Knee rheumatoid arthritis 
Myofascial jaw pain 
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD) .
What is acupressure?
Acupressure is a form of treatment that involves applying manual pressure to specific spots on the body, usually with the fingertips or elbow.
Similar to acupuncture, it stems from Traditional Chinese Medicine and utilizes the same theories and concepts. As such, it's often thought of as 'acupuncture without needles'.
Acupressure is a painless treatment that can, like acupuncture, treat a wide range of areas.
A variety if research studies have suggested acupressure may provide effective treatment for conditions including (but not limited to):
Cancer-related fatigue [10,11]
Irritable bowel syndrome (symptom relief) 
Lower back pain 
Menstrual pain 
Nausea and vomiting (post-operative) [15,16]
Painful shoulder syndrome 
Pregnancy pain .
How does treatment work?
Traditional Chinese Medicine explains our health through the balance of the opposing 'yin' and 'yang' life forces - or 'qi' - that flow throughout the body. While strong health is associated with balance of the qi, illness is explained as deriving from energy imbalances.
This energy is said to flow across the body through 12 'meridians' (or channels), accessible via 361 specific acupoints.
Both acupuncture and acupressure seek to correct energy imbalances by stimulating specific combinations of the acupoints.
Video courtesy of WebMD
"An abundance of information has now accumulated concerning the neurobiological mechanisms of acupuncture, in relation to both neural pathways and neurotransmitters/hormonal factors that mediate autonomic regulation, pain relief and other therapeutics." 
Some scientists explain acupuncture and acupressure through neurobiology, seeing the acupoints as specific positions where the muscles and nerves can be stimulated to bring about benefit to the muscular , immune , cardiovascular  and autonomic nerve systems , as well as blood flow .
Video courtesy of FXNL Media [start to 1:00]
Acupuncture & Acupressure at Rin Spine Center Hong Kong
Your First Visit
During your first visit to Rin Spine Center's Hong Kong clinic, you'll be met by friendly reception staff who are on hand to get you set up for your session in a matter of minutes.
Here's a guide to what you can expect from your first visit:
The doctor will conduct a hands-on examination, applying pressure to various parts of the body, in order to identify the nature of your condition/s. Be prepared to receive physical contact in a range of areas, as the source of symptoms is often away from the area of discomfort.
Acupuncture and/or acupressure treatment
Depending on the nature of your condition/s, the practitioner may recommend either acupuncture, acupressure or a mixture of the two.
Rest assured that you won't undergo any procedure you feel uncomfortable with - so don't worry if, for example, you're not keen on needles.
Chinese herbal medicine
In some cases, the doctor may recommend taking a specific combination of Chinese herbal medicine to help your condition post-treatment.
He is able to write prescriptions for medicine that you can collect from a nearby Chinese herbalist.
Payment & Insurance
We accept cash, credit card (Visa & MasterCard) and debit card (UnionPay).
Claiming Back Fees on Insurance
Every insurance provider and policy is different.
If you'd like to claim back fees, it is your responsibility to ensure you read, understand and follow the terms of coverage and claims submission process of your insurance policy.
Rin Spine Center takes no responsibility for handling, submitting or advising on insurance claims. However, we're very happy to provide treatment receipts for all treatment you attend.
Many private health insurance plans in Hong Kong cover treatment for Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture or Acupressure, and many of our patients claim back their fees from their insurers.
If you would like to claim back fees for treatment, you should check your insurance policy carefully for what kinds of treatment it covers and the terms for making a claim.
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