Acupuncture is the ancient Chinese art of using needles that pierce the skin to influence the direction, strength and flow of body energy. It has been used for thousands of years.
As physiotherapists we use acupuncture mainly for acute or chronic pain relief. After a thorough assessment your Physiotherapist may recommend acupuncture as part of your treatment if there are no contradictions due to an existing condition.
They will explain and demonstrate how usually 6-8 acupuncture points will be selected for needling. Each needle is a fine single use sterile needle inserted to a set depth to stimulate the body's pain relieving systems.
The needles remain in place for up to 30 minutes. They may or may not be connected to a small electrical stimulation to achieve a deeper effect.
You are advised to rest after your treatment as you may feel tired. The number of treatments depends on the type of pain. Usually 4-6 sessions are needed for a successful outcome.

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Auricular Acupuncture

We often combine acupuncture with a physiotherapy session using Auricular needles (small studs in the ear) which remain in place until the next treatment. There are not many studies that prove the efficacy of acupuncture, however we have a wealth of anecdotal evidence and our experience of using it convinces us that it is a tool we would not wish to be without.

Dry Needling

What is Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN)? TDN is an effective therapy to treat muscular tension and spasm which commonly accompanies conditions such as arthritis, nerve irritation, muscular strain, ligament strain over exercise or chronic stress. It involves the insertion of a fine sterile needle into the trigger point of a muscle to relieve pain and tension and allow the muscle to move normally. The needle defuses the high electrical activity which has built up in the muscle.

Conditions treated: Musculoskeletal pain, female hormone imbalance, stress, digestive disorders.