Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into specific points of the body to ease pain, promote healing and general well being.
Our physiotherapists have post-graduate qualifications in acupuncture; they are also able to combine traditional treatments with acupuncture.
What can I expect?
• Acupuncture needles are extremely fine and are hardly felt when inserted.
• The physiotherapist will insert the disposable needles at specific points.
• The needles may be stimulated by slight twisting or by a small electrical pulse. There may be a mild aching sensation around the needle.
• The needles are left in for an up to 30 min or depending on the response required
• A needle may be taped into place for a few days
• Needle-free acupuncture-like treatment is also available.
The conditions that are treated by an acupuncture physiotherapist may include:
• Acute & chronic injuries
• Back & neck pain
• Muscle and joint problems
• Nerve pain
• Arthritis & rheumatism
• Headaches & migraines
• Sports injuries
Dry Needling involves needling to altered or dysfunctional tissues in order to improve, or restore function. This may include needling of Myofascial trigger points, Periosteum or other soft tissues.
Dry needling is purely for pain relief and is based on recent understanding in pain science. Dry needling utilises a solid, filament needle, as is used in the practice of acupuncture, and relies on the stimulation of specific reactions in the target tissue for its therapeutic effect. It is used in conjunction with manual therapy, and exercises to gain the best outcome for clients.
We practice dry needling techniques in the management of injury and dysfunction and find it can assist in the management of:
• Acute trauma
• Sprained joints
• Strained muscles and tendons
• Soft tissue injury
• Spinal dysfunction