Impact of Physiotherapy With Acupuncture Pukekohe
Acupuncture is intimidating for many people. The idea of a dozen little needles being put into the body is not normally anyone’s idea of fun. However, it can provide many benefits to your overall health and well being. The fear of the practice typically comes from a lack of knowledge, which we will try to remedy for you.
Acupuncture is the practice of inserting needles into strategic places to reduce pain and treat some conditions. The needles are not placed haphazardly. Instead, the practitioner follows a type of map that shows where sensory nerves are present under the skin. They then choose the nerves that will target the area of concern.
Acupuncture is used by physiotherapists to achieve pain relief via the stimulation of the nervous system, such as the brain and spinal cord to produce the body’s own pain relieving neuro-chemicals, such as endorphins for pain relief; melatonin to promote sleep and serotonin to promote well being.
Dry Needling or Trigger Point Acupuncture is short term needling to altered or dysfunctional tissues in order to improve or restore function. This may include (but is not limited to) needling of myofascial trigger points, periosteum and connective tissues.
When physiotherapists in New Zealand use Dry Needling or Trigger Point Acupuncture, a single use, sterilised, disposable acupuncture needle is placed into the trigger point in the affected muscle until a twitch is felt in the muscle, aiming to reproduce the patient’s symptoms. More than one trigger point may be needled in a session and the needles are generally not left in place. The muscle may then be stretched to improve the length of the muscle. Heat or ice packs may also be applied after treatment to help relieve post-treatment soreness. As this is a very strong stimulation of the nerve endings, the patient will usually feel a very strong aching sensation and may also feel the twitch response as the trigger point is needled during the treatment. There will sometimes cause post-treatment aching which can continue up to 48 hours after treatment.
Acupuncture can treat many conditions including:
Chronic pain in any spot
Low back pain and whiplash
Headaches and migraines
Pain in the Achilles tendon
Most issues affecting the joints, muscles, and tendons
For acupuncture to do its job correctly and safely, it should be administered by a trained practitioner. Most physiotherapy clinics provide acupuncture in combination with other treatments to help patients get back to life more quickly.
At Body Rehab Clinic, we provide several forms of treatment for our patients depending on the conditions they are facing. Other non needle options may also be helpful such as cupping and acupoint nerve stimulation. For physiotherapy treatment or acupuncture Pukekohe, contact us for an appointment today.