Acupuncture is a holistic approach primarily used for pain relief, with treatment consisting of the insertion of very fine needles under the skin. It is one of the most rapidly growing complementary therapies in the UK.
Research shows that acupuncture needles stimulate the release of endorphins: the natural pain relieving chemicals stored in the brain. These chemicals not only provide pain relief, but also assist the body in its healing process.
Western acupuncture involves the needling of tight and dysfunctional tissues. Trigger point release and intra-muscular stimulation will decrease pain, release tight tissues and promote healing. Acupuncture can be used very effectively alone or in conjunction with other physiotherapy techniques e.g. exercise and manual therapy.
Acupuncture does not work for all patients, and response rates vary, but most patients experience pain relief when conventional medical treatment has not worked.