Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese treatment which has now been adapted for Western therapies, including physiotherapy.
It has been scientifically proven that acupuncture can help manage a variety of conditions ranging from headaches and back pain, to allergies and addictions such as smoking. Physiotherapists that practice acupuncture have undertaken additional postgraduate training to learn this ancient skill. Typically physiotherapists use acupuncture to help with pain relief, to encourage tissue repair or for trigger point release, to treat a variety of different conditions. Acupuncture is often used in conjunction to other techniques.
The treatment involves using small sterile needles placed just under the skin into the muscle. This can often not only be around the painful or injured area, but also at points further away which have specific properties such as to relieve pain.
Needles are usually positioned along ’meridians’ which relate to specific organs of the body and are recognised in Chinese medicine as having specific properties. By positioning needles in this way, your therapist will be able to increase or decrease the way hormones and pain relieving chemicals behave in your body, this in turn helps to reduce pain, encourage healing and blood flow to tissue. Treatment time is often only for a short period of time, starting from 10-15 minutes, but can be increased for up to 30 minutes. Point selection and treatment duration in acupuncture varies depending on each individual, as our bodies all react differently even though we may have the same problem.