What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest recorded forms of medicine having been used in China for over 3,000 years. Traditional Chinese acupuncture believes that energy flows freely throughout the body, via channels. When there is a problem the energy stagnates. Acupuncture is used to stimulate various points, helping to restore the flow of energy.
Western acupuncture is practised within my clinic after completing my training through the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapist. Research has shown that acupuncture can stimulate the brain to produce natural pain relieving chemicals (endorphins). These can aid recovery and enhance rehabilitation.
What happens within the session?
A single use, pre-sterilised, disposable needle is placed into a specific acupuncture point.
The number of needles used will vary depending on the condition and will be left in for 20-30 minutes.
During the treatment you may feel an aching sensation around the needle called ‘de qi’.
The effect of acupuncture is cumulative therefore you may not initial notice a change after your first session. Generally, 3 sessions are required before the effects are noted.
What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling uses Acupuncture needles to relax muscle knots or release tension within a muscle.
A needle is inserted into a tight band of muscle which can cause brief localised discomfort and sometime a “muscle twitch”.
Prior to your session I will run through a detailed history and examination to assess your suitability to acupuncture. You will also be required to sign a consent form prior to treatment commencing.