Medical Acupuncture

Where you’re at now

You’re struggling with pain caused by muscle spasms and need a solution to release the tightness.

You’re tired of taking medication and want a more natural solution to take away your pain.

You’ve had acupuncture in the past and felt it helped. However, you want a physiotherapist to recommend some exercises and advice alongside needling to target the problem thoroughly.

What you need right now

You need an in-depth consultation at The Physio Practice to help you figure out what’s going on.
Followed by a course of Medical Acupuncture to help you break through the pain barrier and get on with life.

Want to know more? Keep reading….

What is Medical Acupuncture?

Medical Acupuncture aka ‘Dry Needling’ is a method where acupuncture needles are inserted into the muscle to help release tightness and taut bands of muscle (also known as trigger points).

The term ‘dry needling’ is used because there is no liquid being injected into your body as with inoculations. Instead, a very thin, pin prick type needle alone is inserted.

Acupuncture needles are inserted into the site of the problematic area and either left in for a short period of time or gently manoeuvred by the therapist to help release the tight muscle.

Immediate effects can be expected or a course of dry needling may be required depending on how your body responds.

The aim of Medical Acupuncture is to increase blood flow to the area of tightness in order to flush away chemicals which cause your muscles to tighten up and spasm. Increasing blood flow to the area can also improve the movement of oxygen and restoration of the pH level to the muscle resulting in muscle release.

Here is a list of common painful areas/conditions which Medical Acupuncture can help with:

  • Headaches/migraines
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Back pain
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Calf pain
  • Foot pain
  • Elbow pain – tennis or golfers elbow
  • Jaw pain/clicking

How is Medical Acupuncture different to just acupuncture?

Acupuncture originated in China over 5000 years ago. In traditional Chinese medicine the belief is that health is determined by a balanced flow of chi (energy). Acupuncturists claim that by inserting needles at specific areas of your body, the chi can be redirected and relieve tension, stress, and pain.

Medical Acupuncture, on the other hand, is based on western medicine. Acupuncture needles are inserted over areas of muscle tightness which helps to release the muscle and results in reduced pain and increased ease of movement.

The aim of Medical Acupuncture is to increase blood flow to the area of tightness in order to flush away chemicals which cause your muscles to tighten up and spasm. Increasing blood flow to the area can also improve the movement of oxygen and restoration of the pH level to the muscle resulting in muscle release.

How we will help

Initial consultation

On your first visit to the Physio practice we will sit with you and discuss the main areas of your pain. We will carefully map out your problems and symptoms and ask you detailed questions to help us understand your pain.

A physical examination will also take place to determine the cause of your pain so please come in loose fitted clothing. Please allow 60 mins to attend the clinic and bring any relevant medical letters or list of medications you may have.

Treatment

Following your physical examination, you will be treated with a course of Medical Acupuncture if the it is found that dry needling will help.

Your physiotherapist will also most likely advice you with exercises to help you manage your pain on a day to day basis.

Further treatment options such as hands on treatment, soft tissue massage, taping may also be suggested if it is found necessary – We will talk you through these treatment options at your appointment.

At The Physio Practice we also pride ourselves in educating our clients to help you understand the cause of your pain and to highlight the importance of the treatment and advice we give you. We will always spend the time needed with you to ensure any questions you have are answered. We may also use models, pictures and where necessary, video record your exercise plan to help you remember what to do when you start your exercises at home.

Review session

We will review you as required. A follow up session is an integral part of your treatment programme as your needs and condition may alter as you progress in rehabilitation.

If you’re looking for reliable and immediate service, come along to The Physio Practice where our friendly and knowledgeable physiotherapy team will help you on your road to recovery, with confidence.

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