Acupuncture is one of the many skills employed within physiotherapy as part of the treatment approach to pain and inflammation. Appropriately trained physiotherapists base their treatments on scientific research that demonstrates how acupuncture can reduce pain by stimulating the spinal cord to produce natural pain relieving chemicals such as endorphins, melatonin, and seratonin. These natural chemicals assist the body's healing processes and offer pain relief and can be combined with additional physiotherapy treatments such as manual therapy to assist in recovery from injury.
Conventional acupuncture involves the use of single-use, pre-sterilised disposable needles. Your physiotherapist determines the location of the relevant acupuncture points following an assessment. A number of needles may be used during each treatment and these are typically left in position for between 15 - 30 minutes before being removed.
What conditions can be treated?
Acupuncture has been found to be extremely effective in treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions including:
Is It Safe?
Acupuncture is a safe procedure when carried out by a qualified practitioner. The Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) imposes strict hygiene guidelines and requires its members to regularly update their clinical skills. During the assessment process, your physiotherapist will identify any reasons why acupuncture may not be suited to your particular complaint or injury.
It is important to inform your physiotherapist if you are, or suspect that you might be, pregnant prior to having acupuncture.