What is Acupuncture?

Conventional Acupuncture involves the use of single use, pre-sterilised, disposable needles of varying widths, lengths. These are then inserted at specific Acupuncture points.

The Physiotherapist will determine the locations of the Acupuncture points, based upon their assessment.  A number of needles may be used at each treatment and these are typically left in position for some 20-30 minutes before being removed.

Trigger point Acupuncture may also be used to facilitate relaxation in specific muscles following trauma such as whiplash injury; for longer term unresolving muscle pain such as repetitive strain injury (RSI) or as a means to obtain increased muscle length in order to aid stretch and rehabilitation such as sports injuries . Here the needle is placed into the affected muscle until it is felt to relax under the needle and then removed. Trigger point needling is often much quicker and therefore does not require the 20-30 minute treatment time.

How does Acupuncture work?

Acupuncture stimulates the body to produce endorphins and oxytocin, its own pain and stress relieving chemicals. Acupuncture also stimulates nerve fibres to block out pain signals and help reduce sensitivity of tender points in the body.

There are certain health conditions that may stop you receiving acupuncture or mean treatment should be used with caution. A screening form will be completed with your therapist prior to starting any treatment.

Women’s Health Acupuncture

Acupuncture and dry needling can be used in the treatment of pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PPGP), hot flushes, overactive bladder, pelvic pain.