Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of therapy, dating back as far as 2000 years ago in China. It is a technique of inserting and manipulating fine needles into specific points on the body with the aim of relieving pain and for therapeutic purposes. In Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture is used to restore the natural circulation of energy, or life force known as Qi (pronounced "chee"). If there is a problem within the body, the Qi energy stagnates. Stimulation of appropriate acupuncture points within meridians or pathways through which this energy flows, frees this stagnation of Qi. There are over 500 acupuncture points along the body's meridians.
Physiotherapists can combine traditional physiotherapy techniques with acupuncture or dry-needling to achieve optimal results for their patients. Acupuncture is a useful holistic skill which complements other treatment methods but can also be used alone.
Sarah is highly experienced in using Acupuncture and dry-needling to treat injury and provide pain relief.
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There are several ways in which acupuncture is thought to work. Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system into producing its own painkillers. These painkilling substances are found locally around the needle site, in the spinal cord and in various areas of the brain.
The needles can also increase blood flow around the needle site which is important for healing tissues, and the needles can also help to deactivate and release tight muscles. Some people feel the effects of the needles instantly, however acupuncture is also cumulative. Because several areas of the nervous system can be influenced simultaneously, good results are often achieved when other conventional techniques have failed.
Sarah uses Western style Acupuncture and dry-needling within her scope of practice as a Physiotherapist as an adjunct to her other techniques to compliment her therapy sessions.