Acupuncture is available as a treatment at both our Bolton and Whitefield Clinics administered by our Lead Physiotherapist Richard Hulbert.
Acupuncture is one of the treatment options that 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. The most well known being endorphins, melatonin (which promotes sleep) and serotonin (to promote well-being). These chemicals assist the body’s healing processes and offer pain relief. Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with 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. It 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 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 following injury.
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. Acupuncture treatment may be used on its own or to compliment physiotherapy treatment. Your physiotherapist will recommend exercises and may use other techniques to promote recovery and improve quality of life during your treatment.