Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese Medicine and has been used for thousands of years. It involves the insertion of fine needles to specific acupuncture points in the body.
Traditional Chinese acupuncturists believe that there is an energy flow in our body which can become stagnant and manifest itself as physical pain. By needling certain points it can improve the flow of endorphins restoring balance to the body.
At the Physio Group we have been trained in acupuncture from a Western approach to pain relief. Research has shown that needling specific points can cause the release of natural painkillers (endorphins) within the body as well as stimulating blood flow around the painful area.
It can be used for any painful area and in our experience the most successful conditions treated include:
All our practising therapists have been trained by the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists and perform the treatment using sterile needles and hygienic conditions.
Acupuncture, when performed carefully and appropriately is a very safe form of treatment. Occasionally a small bruise or spot of blood develops or you may feel light headed but this will settle quickly.
There are some clinical conditions such as epilepsy which may restrict acupuncture as a treatment option but the therapist will be aware of any contraindications after a thorough history taking.
Acupuncture is a holistic approach to health based on over 2,000 years of development and refinement in the Far East. The tradition is as much about the maintenance of health as the management of disease. Western or medical acupuncture is a more recent development practised predominantly by doctors and physiotherapists which uses acupuncture techniques within their existing scope of practice on the basis of a western medical diagnosis.
Although, sometimes described merely as a means of pain relief, traditional acupuncture is actually used to treat people with a wide range of illnesses. Its focus is on improving the overall well being of the patient, rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms. The skill of an acupuncturist lies in their ability to make a traditional diagnosis from what is often a complex pattern of disharmony. The exact pattern and degree of disharmony is unique to each individual and so following diagnosis, the acupuncturist puts together a personalised treatment plan.
Acupuncture needles bear little resemblance to the needles used in injections and blood tests. They are much finer and solid, not hollow. When a needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache. Needles may be inserted and immediately removed, or may be left in place for thirty minutes or more, depending on the effect required. During treatment, patients commonly experience a heaviness in the limbs or a pleasant feeling of relaxation. The benefits of acupuncture frequently include more than just relief from a particular condition. Many people find that it can also lead to increased energy levels, as well as better appetite and sleep, and an enhanced sense of overall well being.
If you would like to book an acupuncture appointment with one of our highly qualified physiotherapists at the Physio Group, please call 02830269733.