AT NH Physiotherapy we mainly use acupuncture in conjunction with other treatments as it can be used to reduce pain in any muscle or joint condition.
Acupuncture is just one of the many tools we have at our disposal at a modern physiotherapy clinic. We use it as an integrated approach to the management and treatment of pain, inflammation and as a way of helping the body’s own healing process in order to speed up recovery and get you back to yourself quicker.
Acupuncture is an ancient therapy which is increasingly used in the modern world and especially in physiotherapy. It can safely be used in combination with conventional treatments to aid the body’s own healing processes. Physiotherapists tend to combine together Traditional and Western techniques.
Acupuncture sessions tend to focus primarily on pain relief. Acupuncture can be very effective in the treatment of low back and neck pain, knee pain and a wide range of other musculoskeletal problems. Traditional acupuncturists use a wider range of points and specific combinations to maximise the effect of each individual treatment, treating numerous complaints such as headaches, migraine, tiredness, stress, arthritis, high blood pressure, depression and anxiety, join and back pain. Some one our client attend to use acupuncture as a preventative measure to maintain good health and well being.
Here at NH Physiotherapy we offer acupuncture as a stand alone treatment if requested, however we may also use it to treat injuries we feel that it will help after we undertake a full assessment.
What issues Can Acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture can be used to treat many conditions and there good scientific evidence for its effectiveness in helping to relieve the following common problems
- Lower back pain
- Tension related headaches and migranes
- Neck and Shoulder pain
- Joint pain related osteo or rheumatoid arthritis
Acupuncture within physiotherapy is fully backed up of clinical and research evidence. Although the concept of Traditional Chinese Medicine 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.
The body has the ability to heal itself; the use of Acupuncture or Acupressure enhances the repair mechanism and enables improved recovery times, allowing other physiotherapy treatments such as exercise, muscle strengthening, sports massage and rehab to get quicker results.
Acupuncture is used by Physiotherapists as a means of enhancing pain signals via the stimulation of the brain and spinal cord to produce NATURAL pain relieving chemicals, such as endorphins; melatonin to aid and promote sleep, serotonin (feel good hormone), and many more.
They help in the body’s healing process and offer pain relief as a precursor for other manual or exercise therapies tha we offer.
Different Types of Acupuncture we use at our Manchester Clinic
We generally use 2 different types of Acupuncture here at NH Physiotherapy
Conventional Acupuncture – which involves the use of single use, sterilised, disposable needles of different widths and lengths that pierce the skin at the Acupuncture points.
Our Physio will determine the locations of the Acupuncture points, based upon the assessment of the cause of the imbalance. A number of acupuncture needles may be used at each treatment and these are typically left in position for about 20-30 minutes before being removed.
We may also use trigger point acupuncture used to aid relaxation in specific muscles following trauma such as whiplash injury; for longer term chronic muscle pain such as repetitive strain injury (RSI) or as a way of obtaining increased muscle length in order to aid stretch and rehab such as in sports injuries. In this case the needle is placed into the affected muscle until it is felt to relax under the needle and then removed. Trigger point acupuncture is often much quicker and therefore does not require the 20-30 minute treatment time.