Acupuncture is the treatment of inserting fine needles into specific points in the body to stimulate the bodys healing mechanism. 

Traditional Chinese acupuncture was developed over 3000 years ago.  They believed that the body maintains a balanced state of health when the Qi/Energy circulates throughout the body without disruption.  They identified 12 channels along which the Qi/Energy flowed.  At certain points along these channel small areas known as acupoints were mapped out on the skin where access could be gained to the channels.  They ultimately believed that a patients well being and symptoms could be treated by inserting needles along the channels (dependent of the presentation of symptoms) thereby allowing the Qi/Energy to flow and enable the body to repair itself and return to a balanced state.

Acupuncture is used by physiotherapists as an integrated approach in the management of pain and inflammation as a means of stimulating the bodys own healing chemicals in order to aid recovery.  Within the scope of physiotherapy, it is used within the background of clinical and research evidence. 

As physiotherapists we believe that acupuncture enhances the body's 'self repair' mechanism and enables an improved recovery time.  This allows other treatments such as exercise, muscle strengthening and rehabilitation to achieve effective results. 

Conventional Acupuncture involves the use of single use, pre-sterilised, disposable needles of varying widths, lengths and materials that pierce the skin at the acupoints along the 12 channels.  We determine the locations of the points, based upon the assessment of the cause of the imbalance.  The number of needles used is dependent upon the condition being treated and they are typically left in for 20-30 minutes before being removed.

Trigger point Acupuncture may also be used to facilitate relaxation in specific muscles following trauma. for long term unresolving muscle pain such as a repetitive strain injury, or as a means to obtain increased muscle length in order to aid stretch and rehabilitation such as sports injuries.   Trigger point Acupuncture involves placing the needle into the affected muscle until it is felt to relax under the needle, the needle is then removed.  Trigger point needling is often much quicker and therefore does not require the 20-30 minute treatment time. 

Overall Effects of Acupuncture

  • Pain relief
  • Relief of general superficial symptoms
  • Release of tight tissue muscle, fascia, ligament and tendon
  • Increase circulation
  • Change in skin temperature
  • Improve in patients well being
  • Improved relaxation