Acupuncture

An integrated approach to the management of pain and inflammation

Acupuncture is a treatment modality that is sometimes used within the scope of physiotherapy practice as part of an integrated approach to relieve and control pain and inflammation. Acupuncture works by stimulating the brain and spinal cord to produce natural pain-relieving chemicals such as endorphins and serotonin. These chemicals have been shown to promote the body's healing mechanisms and offer pain relief. Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with other treatments such as, manual therapy or exercise to enhance recovery.
Trigger point acupuncture may also be used for ongoing muscle pain, or as a way of improving muscle length in order to aid stretch and rehabilitation. In this case the therapist will palpate the affected muscle and carefully locate the trigger point (taught band) and insert the needle into the affected part of the muscle (Initially the patient might feel a twitch response)  until the tissue is felt to relax under the needle and the trigger point disseminates.

What conditions can we treat with Acupuncture at the Oakalls Physiotherapy Clinic?

Arthritis
Sciatica
Chronic pain, including neck and back pain
‘Frozen shoulder’ and ‘Tennis elbow’
Muscle imbalance
Joint pain
Fibromyalgia
Headaches and Migraine
TMJ pain
Repetitive sports injuries
Post-operative pain 
These are to name a few...!

In 2009 The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommended acupuncture as a treatment option for lower back pain.

Useful resources

NICE (2009) Low back pain – early management of persistent non-specific low back pain. NICE clinical guideline 88 may 2009

Acupuncture Association Of Chartered Physiotherapists

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