Acupuncture has its origin in China. It is a therapeutic method which uses the insertion of fine needles into specific points in the body to control pain and stimulate healing.
The insertion is normally painless and the ultra-fine acupuncture needles are unlikely to cause any damage to underlying tissues when performed by a skilled practitioner.
Acupuncture needles induce a chain of events that results in the release into various parts of the nervous system of neurotransmitters and neurohormones, and which can have widespread physiological influences. The needling produces reduction in pain, inflammation and muscle spasm. Additionally some acupuncture points assist with relaxation, mood and overall feel of well-being.
The needles are inserted for 15-20 minutes and may be manipulated by the practitioner to achieve a stronger effect. In some cases acupuncture needles will be withdrawn immediately or left for a longer time period. The treatment is usually pain free, although some aching and/or numbness around inserted needles occasionally occurs.
Acupuncture treatments are performed within the scope of Physiotherapy and by Physiotherapists who are certified and have passed theoretical and practical examinations set by Acupuncture Foundation Professional Association.
Conditions Acupuncture Helps
- Low Back and Neck Pain
- Rheumatoid Diseases
- Headaches and Migraines
- Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue
- Rotator Cuff Disorders