ACUPUNCTURE

What is Acupuncture

Acupunture is when fine needles are inserted into specific points of the body. As physiotherapists we use a combination of Chinese and western approach, which both have been proven to provide pain relief. It can be used for back pain, sciatica, migraines, headaches, muscular pain, joint pain, fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis. It can also be used to promote healing to injured soft tissue such as ligaments and tendons. All our physiotherapists are AACP registered.

Physiotherapy & Acupuncture

At TRP physio we often provide acupuncture in conjunction with Physiotherapy to promote healing and for pain relief.  We can also provide acupuncture as sole treatment if preferred. This may suite a small handle full of patients which  prefer not to have physiotherapy and do not like deep tissue massage, electrotherapy or manual therapy.

Recent research has shown acupuncture stimulates higher centers of the brain which produces natural pain relieving chemicals, endorphins. These chemicals assist the body to heal itself and provide pain relief.

How does it work?

Treatment will consist of the insertion of fine needles. The acupuncture needles are a one time use only which are sterile, the needles are disposed into a yellow sharps box once used.

At most the patient will feel a mild pinprick and will give a slight temporary discomfort. Depending on your injury and the location on the body, the number of needles will vary. If combined with physiotherapy the acupuncture treatment time will be 10 to 20 minutes. If not, combined with physiotherapy treatment the needles will be remain in the body for a maximum of 30 minutes.

In physiotherapy acupuncture needles can also be inserted into trigger points, otherwise know as 'Knots' these are tight sensitive areas in the muscles. This technique helps to relieve pain and restore movement.

The benefits of Acupuncture

  • Release of natural anti-inflammatory and painkillers
  • Promotes relaxation of tight muscles and trigger points
  • Release of hormones that promote relaxation and stress reduction. Which can help with sleep
  • Stimulation of certain nerves that prevent pain signals being transmitted to the brain
  • lowering pain
  • reducing stress
  • treatment of headaches
  • increasing energy levels
  • improving mood
  • improving sleep quality

I am not sure about Acupuncture

If you have any questions about the use of acupuncture as a treatment please email us on: patient@trpphysio.com

We can help you with any questions or concerns you may have.

Please note – During physiotherapy treatment, acupuncture treatment is only conducted if a patient provides consent to the practitioner.

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