What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest recorded forms of medicine having been used for over 3000 years. It utilises fine needles to stimulate acupuncture points throughout the body.
Modern science has shown that acupuncture stimulates the brain to produce natural pain relieving chemicals called endorphins. These assist the body to heal itself and give pain relief.
There are three types of acupuncture: Dry needling, Western Acupuncture and Eastern or traditional acupuncture. At Mitchelton physiotherapy we practice Dry needling and Western acupuncture.
Dry needling involves needling to altered or dysfunctional tissue in order to improve or restore function. This may include needling of myofascial trigger points and periosteum.
Western Acupuncture utilises meridian points but applies western reasoning with particular consideration to relevant neurophysiology and anatomy. Points are stimulated to create local, spinal segmental or supraspinal pain modulating effects
Will it work for me?
Research has shown that most people gain relief from pain with acupuncture. It does not work for everybody and every condition but, frequently, good results are achieved when more conventional medicine has failed. There is nothing spiritual about it and you don’t need to believe in acupuncture for it to work for you.
The effects of acupuncture are usually cumulative, with pain relief building up as treatment progress. Some people report immediate pain relief while others may see little benefit until they have a few sessions; this is more likely with a chronic condition.
Is Acupuncture safe?
Yes, our physiotherapists have undertaken formal training in acupuncture and adhere to strict hygiene standards. Only single use, sterile, disposable needles are used by physiotherapists working for Mitchelton Physiotherapy.