Acupuncture may be recommended by your physiotherapist as part of an integrated approach to the management of your pain and/or inflammation.
Our physiotherapists base all their treatments on scientific research and clinical evidence. Acupuncture can reduce pain by stimulating the brain and spinal cord to produce natural pain-relieving chemicals such as endorphins, melatonin (which promotes sleep) and serotonin (to promote well-being), to name but a few. These chemicals assist the body’s healing processes and offer pain relief as a precursor to other treatments such as manual therapy or exercise in order to aid recovery.
Acupuncture forms part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). This ancient system of medicine dates back as far as 1000 years BC and is based on a holistic concept of treatment that regards ill health as a manifestation of imbalance in the body’s energy. Re-establishing a correct balance is the aim of TCM. Energy is referred to as Qi, (pronounced chee) and is described in terms of Yin energy – quiet and calm and Yang energy -vigorous and exciting. They are complementary opposites and in health exist in a dynamic but balanced state in the body. Practitioners of TCM believe that stimulating certain Acupuncture points on the body can help to restore the balance between Yin and Yang that becomes disturbed in illness.
Our approach at Active Physiotherapy is to combine TCM principles with scientific evidence and a more western approach as a means of reducing pain and promoting healing. Your acupuncture treatment can be used as a stand alone treatment or to compliment and enhance physiotherapy treatments such as exercise and rehabilitation techniques to speed recovery and improve quality of life.
There are several techniques we use for applying acupuncture. Click here for details of our acupuncture techniques.
For more information on the conditions we treat with Acupuncture and other services we offer, or to book an appointment please call 0800 6191 261 or email us at email@example.com