What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture mainly originates from China and other Eastern cultures. It is a form of traditional healthcare and is now endorsed by many in the Western world. Acupuncturists use diagnostic techniques that have been refined for thousands of years. Acupuncture looks at you as an individual, not just your illness, and all symptoms are treated in relation to each other. There are two approaches – Traditional Chinese Meridian (TCM) and Western approach.
How does it work?
Treatment involves the insertion of very fine sterile needles into specific points on the body to affect the flow of ‘Qi’ (pronounced as Chi).
Qi is believed to be a flow of energy, which has stagnated causing the imbalance in a person’s body. The needles can be left in place for varying periods of time and can also be manipulated by hand or electrical stimulation.
Current research shows that it has an influence on most of the body’s systems – the nervous system, circulation, muscle tone, hormone outputs, antibody production and allergic responses, as well as the respiratory, urinary, digestive and reproductive systems.
What are the benefits of acupuncture?
As an effective painkiller – Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle and increases the body’s release of endorphins and serotonin (natural painkillers) in the pain pathways of the spinal cord and the brain.
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Cervical Spondylolysis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Tennis Elbow
- Sport & trauma injuries
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Trigger points in muscles
- Anxiety, sleep and depression/relaxation purposes
Does it hurt?
Acupuncture needles are very thin and most people don’t feel them being inserted. It is normal to feel a mild tingle or dull ache as the needle is adjusted to direct Qi.
Trigger pointing may cause a short twitch response in the muscle with mild pain.
Are there any side effects?
Acupuncture is one of the safest forms of treatment. The needles are single use and sterile. There may be small bruising around the area of insertion. It is normal to feel light-headed or slightly exhausted after the session.
Dry needling is a technique used to activate the healing process in soft tissue (muscles, fascia, tendons, and ligaments). Myofascial pain, soft tissue dysfunction, and biomechanical imbalance can be treated by also treating trigger points with dry needling.
Acupuncture and Physiotherapy?
At R&D Physio we believe in a holistic approach to a patient’s treatment – we use both aspects of acupuncture and physiotherapy for effective results!
We carry out a health questionnaire prior to acupuncture treatment to make sure it is suitable for you. If you have any more questions please feel free to call us.