Acupuncture is a skill utilised by physiotherapists as part of an integrated approach to the management of pain and inflammation. Physiotherapists base their treatments on scientific research and clinical evidence that Acupuncture can reduce pain by stimulating the brain and spinal cord to produce natural pain-relieving chemicals such as endorphins, melatonin (which promotes sleep) and serotonin (to promote well-being), to name but a few. These chemicals assist the body’s healing processes and offer pain relief as a precursor to other treatments such as manual therapy or exercise in order to aid recovery.
Conventional 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. Acupuncture needles are very fine and bear no resemblance to an injection or blood test. The physiotherapist will determine the locations of these points on the basis of an assessment of the cause of the imbalance. A number of needles may be used during each treatment, and these are typically left in position for between 20 and 30 minutes before being removed.
At Healthplus Acupuncture we only use needles which are disposable, pre-sterilised and individually packaged. The needles come with a guide-tubes for easy insertion, which means that there is no risk of anything touching the needle during the process.
As we understand through research more about acupuncture, the use of acupuncture alongside orthodox medicine is increasing. The distinction between complementary or alternative medicine and conventional medicine is reducing as acupuncture is accepted by GPs and consultants.
Treatment might be once a week to begin with, then at longer intervals as the condition responds. A typical course of treatment lasts 5 to 8 sessions.