Acupuncture is one of the many skills used within physiotherapy as an integrated approach to the management of pain and inflammation. It is used as a means of stimulating the body's own healing chemicals in order to aid recovery and enhance rehabilitation.
Acupuncture within physiotherapy is used against the background of clinical and research evidence. The concept of Traditional Chinese Medicine [TCM] is an ancient system of written scripts as far back as 10,000BC, founded on the holistic concept of treatment and an acknowledgement of the body's ability to return to its balanced state of health, given the correct stimulus to do so.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine sterile needles into the soft tissue of the body related to the individual's pain or problem. The number of needles used will depend on what part of the body is being treated. After treatment it is common to feel relaxed and have a reduction in pain.