Acupuncture and Dry Needling
Acupuncture is used within the scope of physiotherapy to relieve pain in specific areas of the body. A physiotherapist may use acupuncture on any joints or muscles, and it can be very effective in relieving pain for even the most stubborn injuries. As a result, you can recover faster from your injury.
WHAT IS IT
It is an ancient form of Eastern Medicine that uses fine needles inserted in specific points on your body to relieve pain. It is believed to have originated around 100BC in China and has a substantial part to play in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
HOW DOES IT WORK
The beliefs around TCM are centered upon qi (Chi). According to TCM, Qi is an energy source that flows throughout our bodies. When there is a disturbance or blockage in the qi flow, it results in pain or disease.
HOW DOES QI FLOW THROUGH THE BODY
Qi flows through the body in rivers called meridians. Needles are placed along these meridians in places which are best suited to restore the flow of qi based on the patients symptoms.
PHYSIOTHERAPY AND ACUPUNCTURE
Our Chartered Physiotherapists are highly skilled individuals who use acupuncture in conjunction with many other techniques to relieve pain. Furthermore they have completed courses endorsed by the BAA (British Acupuncture Association). This allows them to practice Acupuncture within the scope of physiotherapy.
Hence physiotherapists can use it as a method of relieving pain but not as a therapy for curing systemic illnesses. Furthermore when acupuncture is used in combination with physiotherapy the healing times may be reduced.
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Does it hurt?
You may feel a slight prick on needle insertion but it will not be painful.
How big are the needles?
Needles are tiny, much smaller than needles used to draw blood.
Are there any side effects?
No there are no side effects to the use of acupuncture.
What if I am afraid of needles?
If you are afraid of needles, acupuncture may not be a treatment for you. But it depends on the severity of the fear as we need the patient to be relaxed during the treatment.