What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine involving the insertion of fine needles into the skin at very specific points (acupuncture points) along channels known as meridians. Its grown prevalence as part of western medicine has arisen from an increase in medical evidence supporting its beneficial effects. Physiotherapists are trained in western acupuncture and therefore make their point selection based on the scientifically proven chemical and mechanical mechanisms of Acupuncture.
Acupuncture can be effective for both acute and chronic conditions. It stimulates the brain and spinal cord, via the peripheral nerves in skin and muscles, to produce natural pain-relieving chemicals such as endorphins, melatonin (which promotes sleep) and serotonin (to promote well-being). These chemicals enhance the body’s ability to ‘self repair’.
How will Acupuncture be incorporated into my Physiotherapy Treatment?
Acupuncture will be used as an adjunct to other Physiotherapy treatments. By reducing pain, promoting healing and increasing muscle length via muscular relaxation it can improve patients’ tolerance to manipulative therapy and adherence to exercise programs; promoting recovery and enhanced quality of life. It can also be beneficial to clients whom wish to limit or seek an alternative to pain medication.