Acupuncture. Trigger Point

Acupuncture

All of our Physios are qualified in conventional & trigger point acupuncture and are registered with the AACP.

Chinese medicine has included the use of acupuncture for over 3,000 years. Physiotherapists in the U.K practice non-traditional and trigger point methods. The treatment originates from the traditional Chinese belief that energy flows throughout the body via channels. Tension, pain or an injury can cause a blockage in the energy flow. Traditional acupuncture believes inserting needles at specific points will restore the flow of energy. Western acupuncture uses the same points but for pain relief and muscle relaxation.

Acupuncture reduces your pain and inflammation but does not treat the cause of the problem. It is therefore used as part of an integrated approach, rather than stand alone. Needling stimulates the central nervous system to produce more pain-relieving endorphins, including melatonin and serotonin. Endorphins assist the body’s healing process, and produce pain relief because of their anti-inflammatory properties. This effect is used as a precursor to other treatments. Our other treatments will include manual therapy and exercise therapy to aid recovery.

Conventional

Conventional acupuncture uses single-use, sterilised needles that pierce the skin at specific points. Your Physiotherapist determines the locations of these specific points through an assessment then inserts 2-10 needles during treatment. Needles will be in position for 20 – 30 minutes before removal and disposal. You may experience tingling or a dull ache, this is called deqi. Several clients report feeling sleepy and occasionally some slight discomfort afterwards. This should settle within a few hours.

 Trigger point

Trigger point acupuncture relaxes muscles. This treatment is particularly helpful when muscles are painful. Specific trauma, posture or occupation will increase muscle tension and pain. This restores the muscle to full length and elasticity quickly and easily. Your Physiotherapist will insert the needle/s into the affected muscle until the tissue relaxes then, the needle is removed. Trigger point needling produces an effect much more quickly than conventional. Therefore this treatment does not require the 20–30 minute treatment time.

Please contact us or visit www.aacp.org.uk for more information about acupuncture and what it can be used for.

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