Therapeutic or Preventative Purposes

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a treatment derived from an ancient eastern treatment technique consisting of the insertion of small needles at certain sites in the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes. It is a skill that has been developed into a mainstream treatment practiced by many musculoskeletal physiotherapists alongside other forms of treatments. It is proposed that acupuncture has the ability to stimulate the body's self-repair mechanisms. Acupuncture reduces pain by altering pain processing and by stimulating the brain to release the body’s natural painkillers.

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Will acupuncture help me?

Acupuncture can be used for the management of chronic pain and for myofascial release of muscle pain. It can be used for the management of some headache types and osteoarthritis, and also for the treatment of other conditions and sports injuries such as shin splints and tennis elbow. Acupuncture can be an excellent treatment adjunct alongside therapeutic exercise. There are limited negative side effects to acupuncture and patients often report that it isn’t as painful as it often sounds, with most reporting a whole body effect from the first session. A course of acupuncture usually creates longer lasting pain relief than when a single treatment is used.

Our physiotherapists have postgraduate training to utilise this form of treatment to aid your recovery.