Acupuncture

Our acupuncturists follow evidence based practice to support treatment with scientific research and studies.

Acupuncture is a physiotherapy treatment tool which is used as a combined holistic approach for pain management and decreasing inflammation.

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There are two types of approach to acupuncture – traditional and Western. In the traditional approach an ancient Chinese method is used. It is based on the holistic concept that illness or pain is attributable to imbalances in the body’s energy. This energy is known as “Qi” (pronounced as “chee”) and is believed to be in two forms; Yin and Yang.

Yin is calming energy, whereas Yang is antagonistic energy. Everything contains some ratio of these two energies, and it is the imbalance between them that causes mental and physical illness. Usually, treatments with this approach are administered by a traditional Chinese acupuncturist.

At Treatment Table, our physiotherapists follow the scientific method. Particular points on the body are selected for treatment based on a medical understanding of anatomy and physiology. In this way they can stimulate nerve endings within the muscles, causing them to send messages which activate the brain. The brain then triggers a response and releases natural analgesics which cause a decrease in pain levels. It is also used to stimulate trigger points.

Our acupuncture treatment is specifically designed to reduce pain levels and swelling throughout the body.

There are many benefits to be gained from acupuncture treatment, including:
• Decrease in swelling
• Increase in energy levels
• Relaxation
• Increased production of natural anti-inflammatories
• Stimulation of pain regulators in the brain
• Decrease in pain
• Improvement of sleeping patterns
• Greater enjoyment of life
• Increase in hormones for stress reduction
• Prevention of pain signals
What does acupuncture involve?

Before you receive any treatment you will have an initial assessment with our acupuncturist. They will get as much information as they can about your injury, pain or medical conditions, and make a decision about how to progress.

You will then be laid down comfortably while they insert the sterile needles into the necessary areas. It’s not unusual to feel a sharp scratch as the needles go in, but the treatment itself isn’t painful.

The needles we use are pre-sterilised and disposable, in a variety of widths and lengths. The amount of needles used will depend on the treatment necessary and might be left in for twenty to thirty minutes before being removed.

What conditions may benefit from acupuncture?

• Arthritis
• Whiplash
• Sciatica
• Tendonitis
• Headaches and migraines
• Sprains
• Back and joint pain
• Bursitis
• Stiff neck
• Muscle pain & spasms

Are you struggling with an injury or pain that has been troubling you for too long?
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