Acupuncture is a type of therapeutic needling that comes in many forms and styles and has evolved greatly within modern medicine and physiotherapy. It can help with pain, muscle tension, inflammation and healing.
Acupuncture’s origins lie as part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). This ancient system of medicine dates back as far as 1000 years BC and is based on a holistic concept of treatment that regards ill health as a manifestation of imbalance in the body’s energies.
Acupuncture Physiotherapists do not base their treatment on TCM beliefs, but on evidence-based western medical acupuncture research. Acupuncture is just one skill employed within the scope of physiotherapy as part of an integrated approach to the management of pain and inflammation.
Our physiotherapists base their treatments on the scientific research and clinical evidence that acupuncture can reduce pain by stimulating the brain and spinal cord to produce natural pain-relieving chemicals such as endorphins, melatonin (which promotes sleep) and serotonin (to promote well-being). These chemicals assist the body’s healing processes and provide pain relief complimenting other treatments, such as manual therapy or exercise, to help aide recovery.