Sports Injuries • Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy • Acupuncture • Visceral Therapy
It is the insertion of small acupuncture needles into the skin at specific points in the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. The insertion points are based on specific landmarks mapped out along the body called meridians. Meridians are pathways throughout the body that are believed to create energy, encourage blood flow/ circulation. It may be used for a variety of different reasons, but one of the primary uses for it in physiotherapy is for relief of pain.
How Does It Work?
- In physiotherapy, specific points and/or meridians are often used along the body in accordance with the clients report of pain or movement dysfunction
- once the needle is inserted, it sends a chemical signal to the brain which causes a release of endorphins that blocks the signal of pain to the brain
What types of conditions can it be used for?
- It can be used for many types of conditions ranging from acute sports injuries, such as ACL tears, to more chronic conditions such as back pain, with self reports of success by clients and health practitioners
- Pain from osteoarthritis of the knee and hip are commonly relieved by acupuncture
- Research currently shows that the conditions that are best treated with acupuncture are low back and neckpain as well as headaches