Acupuncture has been shown to release endorphins, which are the body’s own natural pain killers and serotonin which promotes well-being. Acupuncture treatment involves inserting fine needles into acupuncture points as determined by the treating physiotherapist. The needles are made out of stainless steel and discarded after use. The insertion of the needle is quick and usually painless. Occasionally a deep ache or other sensation is felt which passes quickly.
The needles are left in for a few minutes or up to 20 minutes while the person relaxes usually lying on their back or front depending upon the treatment required. Often people feel very relaxed after acupuncture. Some report feeling invigorated or an enhanced feeling of well being.
Our physiotherapists rarely use acupuncture by itself but combine it (as did the ancient Chinese acupuncturists) with soft tissue techniques, joint mobilisation, stretching and exercises.
Acupuncture however may not suit everyone. Our physiotherapists will discuss the treatment options with you and will not recommend acupuncture for you if you have an aversion to needles or certain health issues.