What is acupuncture?
There are two approaches to acupuncture; a traditional approach and a scientific approach.
The traditional approach is an ancient Chinese method and is based on a holistic concept which regards illness or pain as an indicator that there is an imbalance in the body's energy. Energy is known as Qi, (pronounced chee) and can be described in two different types, Yin and Yang energy. Yin is thought to be the calm energy whilst Yang is supposed to be the source of energy. This type of acupuncture would be provided by a traditional Chinese acupuncturist.
Our physiotherapists apply the scientific approach were by the acupuncture points are selected based upon a medical understanding of anatomy and physiology. Physiotherapists believe that the acupuncture needles stimulate nerve endings within muscles, which send messages to activate the brain. The brain then triggers a response were natural analgesics are released causing a decrease in pain levels. Physiotherapists also use acupuncture needles to stimulate trigger points.
Our specialist physiotherapists have undergone a further training programme to administer acupuncture and are members of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP).
What symptoms can acupuncture help with?
Acupuncture treatment is ultimately practiced to reduce pain levels and swelling by gaining equilibrium in the body's energy or 'Qi'.
What are the benefits of acupuncture?
There are many benefits to undergoing acupuncture treatment including:
- Decrease in swelling
- Increase in energy levels
- Aids relaxation
- Decrease in pain
- Improved sleeping patterns
- Greater enjoyment of life
What conditions can acupuncture help with?
Acupuncture can help with a variety of conditions such as:
- Headaches and migraines
- Cerebral Palsy
- Back pain
- Joint pain
- Stiff neck
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Muscle spasms
What does acupuncture involve?
When you attend your initial acupuncture treatment our specialised physiotherapists will gather as much information from you regarding your injury/pain and medical conditions. You will then be asked to lie in position whilst the physiotherapist inserts the sterile needles to the area in question. You may feel a sharp scratch as the acupuncture needles are inserted but the treatment is not painful.
All needles are pre-sterilised and disposable, varying in widths and lengths. A number of needles may be used during each treatment, and can be left in position for between 20 and 30 minutes before being removed.
Effects of acupuncture
Acupuncture brings about a number of effects on the body such as:
- Increased production of natural anti-inflammatories and painkillers
- Stimulation of pain regulators in the brain
- Prevention of pain signals
- Relaxation of muscles
- Increase of hormones for stress reduction and relaxation
Effects vary from individual to individual, but many people report the positive results above.
Why Liverpool Physio?
Here at Liverpool Physio, we offer acupuncture alongside conventional treatments administered by our specially trained physiotherapists in order for you to get the most out of your physiotherapy treatment.
Liverpool Physio offers:
- No waiting lists and immediate treatment
- Qualified physiotherapists with additional post graduate training
- Safe acupuncture practice
- Hygienic environment
- Proven track record
- Physiotherapists regularly update acupuncture skills
How can I arrange an appointment?
To book an acupuncture appointment at Liverpool Physio or for further information then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0151 558 0077.
Acupuncture can provide you with many benefits which may help to reduce a number of your symptoms. Acupuncture has numerous positive effects on the body which aid relaxation and recovery. Our specialist physiotherapists at Liverpool Physio provide the highest standard of care and practice, ensuring you gain the most out of your acupuncture treatment.
To book an appointment with one of our physiotherapists or for further information on acupuncture treatment email us on email@example.com or phone us on 0151 558 0077.
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