Physiotherapy and Acupuncture
What is Physiotherapy and Acupuncture?
Physiotherapy helps people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. At One Allan Park, we are able to offer this therapy in conjunction with acupuncture, with powerful results.
What is Acupuncture?
Originating from China over 2000 years ago, acupuncture has, since the 1970s, become increasingly popular in western medicine. Acupuncture involves the patient sitting or lying comfortably and having a few very fine needles (as fine as a hair!) inserted into specific points on the body. During treatment, the needles stimulate the body’s production of our natural pain- and stress-relieving chemicals (called endorphins and oxytocin).
Many people find that they sleep better after treatment, which has been attributed to melatonin release. Serotonin is also released, which can enhance mood and feelings of wellbeing. The effect is cumulative, so usually, the more treatments you have, the better the body’s response, though every person will respond at different rates and in different ways.
Additionally, acupuncture blocks out pain signals (called The Pain Gate Theory) through stimulation of nerve fibres and it helps to lower sensitivity of our tender points too.
Typically, people find around 6 treatments effective, but as few as 1 or 2 may be enough. Treatments usually work well at around one week intervals initially, then less frequently as your condition improves. As with all other treatments, acupuncture isn’t guaranteed to work for everyone. However, after just a few sessions it is normally clear if acupuncture is beneficial to you.
Who delivers the therapy?
Lydia Watt. You can read more about her here.
What are the benefits of the therapy?
In addition to successfully treating both acute and chronic pain, acupuncture can be used to treat a wide variety of health issues.
- As well as those suffering from musculoskeletal pain, people with MS find that neuropathic pain (nerve-related pain) can respond, well even in cases where pain killers have been unsuccessful.
- Common problems which can respond very well include: Lower back pain, headaches/migraines, hay fever, osteoarthritis and joint pains, dizziness, most MS-related symptoms, fatigue and stress, to name but a few!
- Acupuncture combines very well with other physiotherapy techniques and can be more effective than conventional treatments.
If you would like to read more about what happens at a treatment, how acupuncture feels, and our safety procedures for acupuncture, you can read more here.