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. Acupuncture is used to restore the natural circulation of energy, or life force known in Traditional Chinese Medicine as Qi (pronounced as "chee"). Within the body, Qi is said to perform several functions, one of which is protection against harmful Qi. If this protective Qi is strong, it acts as a defence. 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. Along the body's meridians, there are over 500 acupuncture points.
Physiotherapists combine traditional physiotherapeutic techniques with acupuncture to achieve optimal results for their patients. Acupuncture is a useful skill which complements other treatment methods or can also be used alone. Treatment effects are holistic, and the patient is treated as a whole.
Our Physiotherapists are highly experienced in using Acupuncture 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 painkilling substances which is felt as pain relief. These 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 feel the effects of acupuncture instantly, however acupuncture is also cumulative and because several areas of the nervous system can be influenced, good results are often achieved when other conventional medicine has failed.