When you think of a physiotherapy clinic, Acupuncture / Dry Needling is probably not something that initially springs to mind, you probably conjure up images of massages and exercise plans. Of course, this is a large part of what we offer; however, it’s by no means the only thing.
One service we provide, which we’re very passionate about. Whilst many will have heard of Acupuncture, if you’ve never had a session before you may not know that much about what’s involved, and how it can help.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is over 3,000 years old, and stems from Traditional Chinese Medicine which focuses on the two opposing forces of Yin and Yang. If these two forces are unbalanced, you will suffer ill health, which can take a myriad of different forms.Â Disturbances to the force (sorry, we couldn’t resist) are caused by blockages, and it is these blockages that acupuncture seeks to resolve.
The most common way to perform acupuncture is through the insertion of very fine, sterile needles in to specific acupuncture points in the body. These may be in the forehead, face, hands, arms or stomach to name but a few. Additional methods can be used to enhance the outcome such as using pressure, heat or electrical stimulation.
Does it hurt?
Given the description of what’s involved during a session it’s little wonder some people are concerned acupuncture may hurt. There is nothing about the insertion of many tiny needles into your skin that sounds remotely pleasant or relaxing.
However, many people report feeling nothing at all during the process. For those who do feel something, it is often either a small sharp prick as the needle is inserted, which immediately disappears. Yet others say they can feel a mild, dull ache once the need has been inserted – but that is all.
There should not be any specific or ongoing pain during the treatment.
Benefits of Acupuncture
Although acupuncture can be used for a wide number of conditions there are a number that are more commonly treated.
Muscle pains such as neck pan, lower back pain, knee pain and conditions such as arthritis respond very well to treatment.
Ongoing conditions such as headaches, migraines, depression, insomnia and anxiety also respond very well to treatment. Many patients who have suffered for years with constant tension headaches are amazed how quickly their symptoms can dissipate, and then disappear altogether.
There are also many reports of acupuncture being used to great effect at various points of pregnancy; from combating morning sickness to allowing the correction of a malpositioned baby. Some people also rely on acupuncture to help with the induction of labour – though with all things to do with pregnancy it is essential you speak to an expert who is fully aware of your medical history and any complications you may be experiencing.
If you would to find out more about acupuncture, or any of the services we offer, please get in touch. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have, and will provide you with a consultation to help you find out which treatment may be best for you.