Acupuncture is one of the many skills used within Physiotherapy as an integrated approach to the management of pain, inflammation and as a means of enhancing the body’s own healing chemicals to aid recovery and enhance rehabilitation. Acupuncture within physiotherapy is used through 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.
Treatment with Acupuncture is undertaken with the aim or restoring all the body’s systems to a state of balance (homeostasis). This is achieved by an in depth Physiotherapy assessment which determines the source of the imbalance and the correct acupuncture points required to address this imbalance. In doing this acupuncture can facilitate the body’s return to a state of health both physically and mentally.
The body has the ability to “self repair”; the use of Acupuncture enhances the repair mechanism and enables an improved recovery time. By doing this acupuncture allows other Physiotherapy treatments such as exercise, muscle strengthening and rehabilitation to achieve effective results.
Acupuncture involves the use of single use, pre-sterilised, disposable needles of varying widths, lengths and materials that pierce the skin at the Acupuncture points. The Physiotherapist will determine the locations of the Acupuncture points, based upon the assessment of the cause of the imbalance. A number of needles may be used at each treatment and these are typically left in position for some 20-30 minutes before being removed.