Acupuncture is one of the many skills used within physiotherapy as an integrated approach to the management of pain and inflammation and as a means of stimulating the body’s own healing chemicals such as endorphins; melatonin to promote sleep, and serotonin to promote well being. These assist the body’s healing process and offer pain relief as a precursor for other manual or exercise therapy in order to aid recovery and enhance rehabilitation.
Acupuncture within physiotherapy is used against the background of clinical and research evidence. The concept of Traditional Chinese Medicine [TCM] is an ancient system of written scripts as far back as 1000BC, founded on the holistic concept of treatment and an acknowledgement of the body’s ability to return to its balanced state of health, given the correct stimulus to do so. Small needles are inserted into specific points of the body to promote the free flow of the body's Qi (energy) and to bring the body into its natural balance.
Physiotherapists use acupuncture widely in Western medicine to treat musculo-skeletal pain. A multitude of research projects and established scientific evidence have shown its efficacy as a treatment for pain management. Acupuncture can be beneficial in cases of headaches, neck pain, low back pain and knee pain.
All of our highly-qualified physiotherapists have completed specific post-graduate training in acupuncture.
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