Acupuncture is a physiotherapy treatment tool which is used as a combined holistic approach for pain management and decreasing inflammation. Our acupuncturists follow evidence based practice to support treatment with scientific research and studies.
What Is Acupuncture?
There are two types of approach to acupuncture – traditional and Western.
In the traditional approach an ancient Chinese method is used. It is based on the holistic concept that illness or pain is attributable to imbalances in the body’s energy. This energy is known as “Qi” (pronounced as “chee”) and is believed to be in two forms; Yin and Yang.
Yin is calming energy, whereas Yang is antagonistic energy. Everything contains some ratio of these two energies, and it is the imbalance between them that causes mental and physical illness. Usually treatments with this approach are administered by a traditional Chinese acupuncturist.
At The Treatment Table, our physiotherapist follows the scientific methods, where particular points on the body are selected for treatment based on a medical understanding of anatomy and physiology. In this way they can stimulate nerve endings within the muscles, causing them to send messages which activate the brain. The brain then triggers a response and releases natural analgesics which cause a decrease in pain levels. It is also used to stimulate trigger points.
What Symptoms Can Acupuncture Help With?
Our acupuncture treatment is specifically designed to reduce pain levels and swelling throughout the body.
There are many benefits to be gained from acupuncture treatment, including:
- Decrease in swelling
- Increase in energy levels
- Decrease in pain
- Improvement of sleeping patterns
- Greater enjoyment of life
Acupuncture can make an incredible difference to the quality of your life. If you’d like to discuss how you could benefit from acupuncture with our physiotherapist, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0151 559 1107
Who Can Benefit from Acupuncture?
Acupuncture can help with a variety of conditions, including but not limited to:
- Headaches and migraines
- Back and joint pain
- Stiff neck
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Muscle spasms
What Does Acupuncture Involve?
Before you receive any treatment you will have an initial assessment with our acupuncturist. They will get as much information as they can about your injury, pain or medical conditions, and make a decision about how to progress.
You will then be laid down comfortably while they insert the sterile needles into the necessary areas. It’s not unusual to feel a sharp scratch as the needles go in, but the treatment itself isn’t painful.
The needles we used are pre-sterilised and disposable, in a variety of widths and lengths. The amount of needles used will depend on the treatment necessary, and might be left in for twenty to thirty minutes before being removed.
What Are The Effects of Acupuncture?
Acupuncture can have a number of effects, including:
- Increased production of natural anti-inflammatories and painkillers
- Stimulation of pain regulators in the brain
- Prevention of pain signals
- Relaxation of muscles
- Increase in hormones for stress reduction and relaxation
Individual effects may vary, although most patients report at least one of these positive results.