Acupuncture Treatment was developed from traditional Chinese medicine and has been used for thousands of years. There is ever increasing evidence from a Western Medical perspective to support the use of Acupuncture within the scope of physiotherapy treatments. It can be used in the treatment of pain and to promote healing and wellbeing.
What does Acupuncture Treatment involve?
Acupuncture involves the use of single-use, pre-sterilized needles of varying widths, lengths and materials that pierce the skin at the acupuncture points. Acupuncture points are selected depending on the area of the body to be treated and the presenting symptoms. Acupuncture can also be used to relieve trigger points; the needle is inserted into the affected muscle until the tissue is felt to relax under the needle, which is then removed.
How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture can reduce pain by stimulating the brain and spinal cord to produce natural pain relieving chemicals such as endorphins, melatonin (which promotes sleep) and serotonin (to promote well-being). These chemicals assist the body’s healing process and offer pain relief used in combination with other treatments such as manual therapy and exercise in order to aid recovery.
What evidence is there to support its use?
The use of acupuncture needling for the treatment of pain is supported by an ever growing body of scientific evidence. Currently, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends acupuncture as a treatment option for lower back pain. NICE makes this recommendation on the basis of scientific evidence. There are also studies supporting acupuncture as a form of treatment beneficial for tension-type headaches and pain of osteoarthritis, for example osteoarthritis of the knee, especially when it is used in conjunction with other treatments such as physiotherapy.
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Our Physiotherapists that practice acupuncture are Cath, Heather, Catherine and Rebecca.