Acupuncture

Acupuncture is among the many skills used within physiotherapy, forming an integrated approach to the management of pain and inflammation. Assisting the body’s healing process and offering pain relief, acupuncture acts as a precursor for other manual or exercise therapies to increase efficacy.

 

Acupuncture within physiotherapy is used in the framework of evidence based practice. Hayley is a member of the AACP (Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists) and as such is bound by a code of professional conduct.

We use single-use sterile needles for all of our acupuncture techniques 

 

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine dating back as far as 300BC. According to the traditional principles, our health is dependent on the body's vital energy known as Qi moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of meridians or channels. The QI circulates within the deeper organs of the body, but connects to the superficial skin. In a normal healthy body, a balance (homeostasis) exists between these systems.
 
This flow or Qi can be disrupted by many factors; physical, mental or emotional. This results in pain and inflammation, or weakness and exhaustion. Treatment with acupuncture aims to restore the body systems to a state of homeostasis, using needles to unblock the merdians.

Acupuncture has gained increasing popularity in the Western world since the 1950's due to the development of diagnostic equipment that enables researchers to 'visualise' its effects.

 

These effects include:

 

Stimulation of the brain and spinal cord to produce natural pain relieving chemicals, such as endorphins and encephalins.

Stimulation of nerves that prevent pain signals being transmitted to the brain (the pain gate)

Release of hormones that promote relaxation & sleep such as melatonin

Release of serotonin to promote well being

Trigger point Acupuncture to facilitate relaxation in specific muscles

 

Will acupuncture work?

Research has shown that 70% of people gain relief from pain with acupuncture. It does not work for everybody and every condition but, frequently, good results are achieved when more conventional medicine has failed. There is nothing spiritual about it and patients don't need to believe in acupuncture for it to work.

The effects of acupuncture are cumulative, with a build up of effects as treatment progresses. Some people are particularly good responders while others may see little benefit until they have had a few treatments - this is more likely with a chronic condition. Occasionally, the condition may become slightly worse at first. This is not a bad sign as it usually means the condition will respond.

 

What conditions can be treated with acupuncture?

 

Pain

Nausea

Dizziness,

Acute/chronic injuries

 Sports injuries

Arthritis and rheumatism

Back and neck pain

Muscle and joint problems

Headaches