What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture forms one of the many treatment options within the scope of Physiotherapy.
It can often be used during part of a treatment session, to help reduce pain, muscle spasm or inflammation.
There is scientific evidence that shows how acupuncture can stimulate the brain and spinal cord to release natural pain relieving chemicals, which also promotes sleep and well-being.
(This is why you may feel a bit sleepy and happy after acupuncture, and why it’s advisable not to drive,)
Acupuncture forms part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) where it is believed that energy (Qi) flows along certain pathways (Meridians) in the body. It involves the insertion of single use pre-sterilized needles into the skin at specific points along these meridians.
The needles can be left in situ for up to 30 minutes.
Acupuncture can also be the term used for dry needling trigger points (tension points) in muscles (that are tight or over-active).
Acupuncture within Physiotherapy
All of our Physiotherapists who practice acupuncture, are an associate member of the AACP (the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists), and follow their strict guidelines.
Not everybody likes the idea of acupuncture – I get that!... There is always a treatment alternative. We will only suggest acupuncture if we think there is a clear clinical reason, and we rarely suggest acupuncture on the first session.
There is a medical check list and information sheet that we will check through with you before using acupuncture.
It is advisable to:
- Eat within the 2 hours before having acupuncture
- Bring someone with you on the first visit
- Not drive immediately after acupuncture