What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the many skills used in physiotherapy to help manage your symptoms. It aims to reduce pain and inflammation, and stimulate the body’s own healing chemicals. This promotes homeostasis (the bodies state of balance), which aids recovery and enhances rehabilitation. Your body is then able to achieve better results with other modalities, such as rehabilitation, strength and conditioning.
The very fine needles used in acupuncture are simply used to stimulate the flow of the QI (also know as the meridians), which channels through the body. The QI can be stimulated at skin layer, which then triggers the necessary chemical response in deeper muscles and organs.
What are the typical benefits?
- Reduce pain with a number of MSK conditions
- Increase function and assist with rehabilitation
- Useful if you cannot tolerate hands-on treatment
- Reduce inflammation and prompt the healing process
- Can assist with relaxation
- Help with mood
- Relieve stress and anxiety
- Improve sleep
It is also good to note that acupuncture is an extremely safe procedure when carried out by fully qualified professionals and does not harm you in any way.
Why choose a physiotherapist for acupuncture?
All Bodyset physiotherapists who practice acupuncture are highly skilled within their remit and have undergone a recognised accredited training course. Each of our physiotherapists are recognised by the AACP and have regular CPD in acupuncture.
What are the side effects?
The risk of acupuncture as a treatment is extremely low, however, as with all treatments, there are some potential side effects. It may cause some minor bleeding, bruising, soreness, tiredness, fatigue, nausea and increased hunger after treatment. These are all extremely normal and your therapist will inform you how best to overcome them post treatment.