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Under The Skin & Acupuncture

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Acute Acupuncture 163 The Terrace, Wellington Central, Wellington.
Under The Skin & Acupuncture, Not to be confused with Russell Brand's Podcast

The skin is the largest organ in the human body, composed of three layers: the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue. The epidermis is the outermost layer of skin, serving as a barrier to protect the body from harmful environmental factors such as bacteria and UV radiation. Beneath the epidermis is the dermis, which contains nerves, blood vessels, and hair follicles. The deepest layer is the subcutaneous tissue, comprising fat or lipids and connective tissue, which provides insulation and padding to the body.

Epidermis: The epidermis is the outermost layer of the skin and acts as a protective barrier against external factors such as pathogens, chemicals, and UV radiation. It is primarily made up of stratified squamous epithelial cells. The epidermis is further divided into several sublayers, including the stratum corneum(the outermost layer of the skin including dead cells and prevents unwanted materials from entering; it also prevents excessive amounts of water from exiting the body), stratum granulosum(prevents fluid loss from the body), stratum spinosum(helps make your skin flexible and strong), and stratum basale(proliferation and attachment of the epidermis to the dermis). The stratum basale is the deepest layer of the epidermis and contains cells responsible for producing new skin cells.

Dermis: The dermis lies beneath the epidermis and provides structural support to the skin. It comprises connective tissue, blood vessels, nerves, hair follicles, sweat glands, and sebaceous glands. The dermis supplies nutrients to the epidermis and regulates body temperature. It also contains sensory receptors that enable us to feel touch, pressure, pain, and temperature.

Subcutaneous Tissue (Hypodermis): The hypodermis is the innermost layer of the skin and consists of adipose (fat or lipids) tissue, blood vessels, and nerves. It acts as an insulator, providing cushioning and thermal regulation for the body. The hypodermis also plays a role in storing energy and providing mechanical protection.

Acute Acupuncture 163 The Terrace, Wellington Central, Wellington.
Under The Skin & Acupuncture, Not to be confused with Russell Brand's Podcast

Inserting an acupuncture needle requires a precise understanding of the layers of the skin. The needle is typically inserted into the dermis, rich in nerves and blood vessels. Acupuncture points are often located at sites with an intersection of blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues. The body's natural healing processes can be activated by stimulating these points, promoting blood flow and energy. The insertion of the needle can also stimulate the release of endorphins, which can help to relieve pain and promote relaxation. Overall, the specific insertion of the acupuncture needle into the dermis layer of the skin plays a critical role in the effectiveness of acupuncture therapy.

Stimulation of Nerves: Acupuncture needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points, often located along nerve pathways or near nerve endings. The needle's insertion can stimulate sensory nerves, sending signals to the brain and spinal cord. This stimulation may lead to the release of endorphins, natural pain-relieving substances, and activate other neurological mechanisms.

Modulation of Blood Flow: Acupuncture may influence blood flow in the surrounding tissues. The needle insertion can cause a local vasodilation response, increasing blood circulation in the area. This enhanced blood flow may facilitate the delivery of oxygen, nutrients, and immune cells to the targeted site.

Activation of Connective Tissue: Acupuncture needles are thought to activate connective tissue, including fibroblasts. This activation may trigger biochemical and biomechanical responses affecting the surrounding tissues, such as muscle relaxation or reduction in tension.

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