Acupuncture involves the use of a single-use, sterilised, disposable needle varying in length that is inserted at specific acupuncture points across the body. Your physiotherapist will carry out a comprehensive assessment to ensure acupuncture is the right treatment for you.
Stimulation of specific acupuncture points help to restore balance within the body’s own superficial and deep energy systems. If injury, disease, emotional trauma or infection are present, the natural balance found within the body will be affected causing an altered flow of energy leading to pain, inflammation and weakness.
Conditions Acupuncture can help with:
- Back pain
- Joint pain (e.g arthritis)
- Sports injuries
- Tendonopathy (e.g achilles and tennis elbow)
- Stress related pain/illness
Benefits of Acupuncture
Acupuncture helps to stimulate the nerves within the soft tissue leading to a local response at the point of stimulation: increasing circulation, releasing endorphins and improving muscle and joint stiffness.
Acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system to produce NATURAL pain relieving chemicals, such as endorphins; serotonin promoting well being, melatonin to promote sleep, to name a few. These natural chemicals help to reduce pain and assist with the body’s natural healing process.
Relieve muscle tension
Trigger point needling is frequently used to help facilitate muscle relaxation alongside other physiotherapy techniques; whether sustained through injury (whiplash), or chronic postural imbalances. A needle is placed directly into the affected muscle until a ‘twitch’ response is felt or the muscle feels to have relaxed under the needle and then it is removed.
Acupuncture works by stimulating the central nervous system to produce NATURAL pain relieving chemicals, such as endorphins; serotonin promoting well being, melatonin to promote sleep, to name a few. These help to reduce pain and inflammation aiding recovery.
Acupuncture can help to reduce pain, inflammation, reduce stress, tension and promote a sense of whole body well being.
Acupuncture works to restore the body to balance by energizing the body’s natural healing mechanism. Acupuncture needles are very thin and most people report little if no pain when the needle is inserted. Most people report feeling relaxed after acupuncture, but like other manual treatments, you can experience post treatment soreness around the location of the needle head, more so with trigger point needling, that usually subsides within 24 hours.