What is Acupuncture?
This treatment is rooted in traditional Chinese medicine: acupuncture is a needle insertion technique that is highly effective in promoting healing, decreasing pain, and increasing overall functions. The needle points are selected with a focus on the restoration of your body’s nervous system balance and inhibiting pain pathways.
Physiotherapists use acupuncture for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain by combining their knowledge of acupuncture with learned anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology.
How Does It Work?
In traditional Chinese medicine, the network of the meridians, which run up and down the human body carrying life-energy known as “Qi” (pronounced “Chee”), plays an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of one’s bodily issues. By applying acupuncture to certain points, It is thought to improve the flow of “Qi”, thereby improving overall health.
In western medicine, the stimulation of acupuncture points along this meridian sends new sensory messages along nerves to the brain, activating control centers and the nervous system. Acupuncture has a natural analgesic effect and releases endorphins which people with chronic pain have been found to have low levels of in their spinal fluid. These levels rise after treatment.