Acupuncture is one of the many skills used within physiotherapy as an integrated approach to the management of pain and inflammation and as a means of stimulating the body’s own healing chemicals to aid recovery and enhance rehabilitation. Acupuncture stimulates the brain and spinal cord to produce natural pain-relieving chemicals (endorphins), melatonin to promote sleep and serotonin to promote well-being. This allows other physiotherapy treatments such as exercise, muscle strengthening and rehabilitation to achieve more 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 Acupuncture points. The Physiotherapist will determine the locations of the Acupuncture points, based upon the assessment and clinical reasoning. Several needles may be used at each treatment and these are typically left in position for some 20-30 minutes before being removed.
Trigger point Acupuncture, or Dry Needling, may also be used to facilitate relaxation in specific muscles or to obtain increased muscle length in order to facilitate movement and rehabilitation. Here the needle is placed into the affected muscle until it is felt to relax under the needle and then removed. Dry needling is often much quicker and therefore does not require the 20-30-minute treatment time.
The overall number of treatment sessions required will depend on you, your condition and your physiotherapist’s assessment. The effects of acupuncture treatments can be cumulative however, different people respond in different ways and at different rates. Some people may feel an immediate relief of their symptoms whilst others may only see a gradual improvement after a few treatments.
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Cancellation of a Session
Please try to give 24 hours notice if you are unable to attend any appointment. Failure to do so may result in appointments being billed directly to yourself unless we are able to fill your vacancy. Discretion may be exercised on a case by case basis. We strive to provide a quality service within a relaxed and caring atmosphere. If however you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.