Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles at specific points on the body’s surface. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are energy pathways (meridians) that flow through the body. Blockage of the flow of energy in these pathways results in health related issues. Needles are inserted in the areas that influence the energy flow through the meridian. Dry needling which is also available here involves the insertion of needles into trigger points.
Modern science has shown that acupuncture stimulates the brain to produce the natural pain relieving chemicals called endorphins. These assist the body to heal itself and give pain relief. The traditional view is that energy called ‘Qi’ flows around the body in pathways. If the ‘Qi’ is flowing freely then the body is in a healthy state. Dry needling
Acupuncture is now practiced throughout the world to provide safe and effective relief for a variety of illnesses ranging from arthritis, asthma and sinus problems through headaches, migraines and menstrual disorders or general poor health which often have no clear medical explanation. Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide range of conditions and therefore can be a useful adjunct to physiotherapy.