Acupuncture has been used in China for 3000 years. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses acupuncture to treat all manor of medical illnesses and injuries believing the insertion of needles into the body in a certain pattern helps to restore a healthy energy flow and thus bring about healing.
In the West acupuncture became popular in the 1970’s and science has shown that insertion of needles results in stimulation of part of the brain that regulates pain perception and releases pain relieving substances called endorphines.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine sterile disposable needles into the skin often using the well established Chinese patterns. Between 4 and 20 needles for 20 minutes would be a typical treatment. The physiotherapist will be looking to reduce pain so that movement and function can be restored. During treatment the patient will experience a slight tingle or ache at the site of the needles but this is not unduly unpleasant.