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Acupuncture head model

Acupuncture is used by physiotherapists to help alleviate pain from joints, muscles or ligaments.

It involves the insertion of acupuncture needles into specific points around the body in order to manage pain. It does this by helping the body produce natural pain relieving chemicals, such as endorphins.

It is often used as an adjunct to usual physiotherapy treatment techniques such as hands on mobilisation/manipulation or exercise therapy.

Acupuncture can be performed in two ways:

  1. Conventional acupuncture treatment involves the needling of acupuncture points found on the surface of the skin along meridian lines. A number of sterile disposable needles are used which are typically left in place for 20 minutes. It can take up to three treatments to notice a improvement in your symptoms.
  2. Trigger point acupuncture is the needling of specific tender points in muscles or 'knots'. It is used to facilitate relaxation within a muscle.

Acupuncture is useful in many conditions examples such as back pain, pain from muscular tension or strains, jaw pain and headaches. Please enquire if you would like to discuss whether acupuncture could help you.