Acupuncture is one of the many techniques used in physiotherapy to create an integrated treatment approach. By using acupuncture as an adjunct rather than as a stand alone treatment, we look to treat the cause of issues, not just eradicate pain.
Simply inserting needles into a patient may help them to feel better, but might not help the long term management of their problem. As such we work with a number of different modalities, of which acupuncture is a small, but significant part. We feel this is a more considered approach, giving long term benefits rather than a short term quick fix.
What is Acupuncture? It is the practice of inserting very thin, sterile needles into tissue to elicit a healing and pain relieving response. It has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and perhaps even further back in time, but is used today with an ever expanding base of scientific evidence. For an in-depth explanation with the focus on the physiology behind acupuncture read this article.
What is Acupuncture used to treat? Pain relief is the most common reason for having acupuncture, though it also has its uses in other musculoskeletal conditions (both acute and chronic), and also in restoring the body’s homeostasis. By stimulating the brain and spinal cord the body produces natural pain modifying chemicals such as serotonin and endorphin which can have the added effect of promoting better sleep.
Common conditions treated:
- Chronic lower back pain
- Headaches / migraines
- Trigger points
- Muscular injuries
- Neck pain
Tim is an Accredited Member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists, the professional organisation associated with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapist.
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