Acupuncture is a technique originally stemming from Eastern medicine that is used within physiotherapy practice to help relieve pain, regulate the nervous system, among other potential benefits. It involves inserting very thin needles, which are then left in place in specific points of the body for a number of minutes. Typically, patients may feel a sensation of warmth, pressure, or a slight prick upon insertion of the acupuncture needles.
How Acupuncture Works:
Pain Relief: Acupuncture stimulates nerves, which thereby release endorphins and reduce pain signals.
Improving Blood Flow: The needles also promote blood flow.
Muscle Relaxation: Acupuncture can relax tight muscles, releasing tension.
Nerve Stimulation: By targeting certain points, acupuncture can also stimulate nerves that ultimately impact the body’s functioning.
In summary, acupuncture within physiotherapy aims to stimulates the body’s natural healing properties. By placing thin needles in specific points around the body, it aims to reduce pain, improve blood flow, and promote relaxation. Acupuncture is typically used in conjunction with other physiotherapy techniques, such as manual therapy and exercise prescription.