Western Acupuncture is a popular style of treatment with clinicians working with musculoskeletal conditions.
Western acupuncture utilizes the meridian points of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture. It is used by physiotherapists to achieve pain relief via the stimulation of the nervous system. The body produces its own natural neurochemicals, such as endorphins for pain relief; melatonin to promote sleep and serotonin to promote well being. When needles are introduced to the body it stimulates production of these chemicals, assisting the body’s healing process and pain relief as an adjunct for other musculoskeletal techniques.
The acupuncture needle bears little resemblance to those used in injections and blood tests. They are much finer and are solid rather than hollow. When the needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache.
Needles are normally left in place for 20 – 30 minutes, depending on the effect required. During treatment patients commonly experience heaviness in the limbs or a pleasant feeling of relaxation.
Anna Hazlett has recently returned to our Queenstown Physiotherapy team from the UK where she studied Western Acupuncture. Allowing us at Queenstown Physiotherapy to be able to offer you another dimension to your rehabilitation