Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles through a person's skin at specific points. and is used to treat a variety of disorders and pain conditions. It is supported with scientific research and clinical evidence, frequently used as an integrated treatment approach within Physiotherapy to aid recovery. It may benefit a range of conditions from low back pain, osteoarthritis, Tension Type Headaches, Migraines and other conditions.
Acupuncture enhances our bodies ability to self-repair, as it stimulates the brain and spinal cord to produce our bodies natural pain-relieving chemicals, such as, endorphins. Many other chemicals are also released including; melatonin to promote sleep and serotonin to promote wellbeing. There are different types of Acupuncture, Conventional Acupuncture typically requires the needles to be insitu for 20-30 minutes and involves the use of single use, pre-sterilised, disposable needles of varying widths, lengths that pierce the skin at set Acupuncture points. A number of points are used determined by the Physiotherapist based upon the assessment of the cause of the imbalance. Whereas, Dry needling or Trigger Point Acupuncture is much quicker, often used to relax specific muscles and the needle is placed in the affected muscle until it is felt to relax and is then removed. All of our Physiotherapists are experienced acupuncturists and members of the Acupuncturist Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. To find out more call us on 07828264789.