What can Acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture can affect many ailments as long as the degenerative process in the body is not too extensive. At JM Physio our physiotherapist can help with the following:
Backache and sciatica
Headaches and migraines
Rheumatism and Arthritis
Depression and anxiety
Fatigue and stress
What happens in a treatment?
During the initial consultation the practitioner will take a full case history of past and present illnesses and family tendencies. Having decided on the cause of the problem, the points and the appropriate form of treatment are chosen. Fine sterile disposable needles are used. They are inserted into specific points on the body and left in place for 20-30 minutes. This causes no pain. The total number of treatments needed varies from person to person, partly depending on the length and severity of the condition, partly on the general health & well-being of the client.
After the treatment
After acupuncture treatment you may feel very relaxed or even drowsy. You are welcome to sit and relax in the clinic for as long as you like. If driving, you would be well advised to first walk around for a few minutes to acclimatise.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese Medicine, which has been used in the Orient for at least 3000 years. It is an energetic system, which restores and maintains health by the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the surface of the body. It can also be used as a complementary therapy to Western medical treatment.
How Acupuncture works
The body has the ability to "self repair; the use of Acupuncture, Acupressure or Electro-Acupuncture enhances the repair mechanism and enables a boost to the repair system enabling improved recovery.
Acupuncture treats the whole person, rather than just the injury. Very fine needles are inserted to rebalance the flow of energy in the system, by dispersing blockages or by tapping reservoirs to replenish energy, where the body requires it.
Research has shown that most people gain pain relief from Acupuncture and this is generally due to the release of endorphins, melatonin and serotonin into the body during the Acupuncture treatment. Endorphins are pain inhibiting substances offering the patient an analgesic effect and serotonin gives a feeling of well being. There is scientific evidence to prove the release of these chemicals which allows Acupuncture to be integrated with conventional medicine. Clinical trials provide evidence that it has a powerful and sustained effect on muscular skeletal pain. It is now commonly used in General Practice, Physiotherapy Clinics and Pain Clinics as a complement to conventional medicine.
Patients treated with Acupuncture will generally require at least three treatments before the Physiotherapist can be certain there is a reaction. Strong reactors will show changes immediately after the first treatment and may even become slightly worse initially. The majority of patients experience a gradual change in symptoms.
Acupuncture does not work for everybody or for every condition, but good results are frequently achieved when the more conventional fields have been tried and failed. You do not have to believe for it to work.
The effect of acupuncture is cumulative. Pain relief builds up as treatment progresses, some responding rapidly while others take more time. Chronic conditions often take longer to respond and occasionally become worse at first, but often respond well after this initial phase of discomfort.
Traditional Chinese Medicine [TCM] holds that ten treatments form a course and often patients may be given as many as three courses. Western medicine, however, demands more rapid results and by using western and Chinese acupuncture, most patients receiving a course of 7-8 treatments report good results. Where patients have chronic conditions, they are encouraged to return every 6 months or so for 'top ups'. This keeps the symptoms under control and usually entails 1 or 2 treatments at these follow-on sessions.
It is essential that a 'needling' sensation is felt by the patient at every Acupuncture point. This sensation, known as the 'DEQI' [pronounced 'day-chee'] is described as a numbness, fullness, deep aching or warmth
The acupuncture needle will stimulate the flow of QI [pronounced 'chee']. This is energy which circulates in channels or meridians within the body. The QI circulates within the deeper organs of the body, but connects to the superficial skin. In the state of a normal healthy body, a balance exists between these systems. If injury, disease, emotional trauma or infection occurs, the natural flow of QI within the meridians and organs may well be affected and the result is an altered flow, either a slowing or stagnation of QI causing pain and inflammation, or a deficit of QI, which may cause weakness, exhaustion and longer debilitating disease. The stimulation of relevant acupuncture points may free stagnation, reduce excess or indeed, increase QI to the specific area or organ and thus help to restore normal QI flow and balance. Both the superficial energy and the deeper energy can be influenced by the stimulation of specific acupuncture points.
Trigger point Acupuncture (Western acupuncture) is used to facilitate relaxation in specific muscles following trauma such as whiplash injury; It is also very effective in dealing with longer term unresolving muscle pain such as repetitive strain injury (RSI), or it can be used to increase muscle length in order to aid stretch and rehabilitation such as sports injuries. In Western acupuncture, the needle is placed into the affected muscle until it is felt to relax and the needle is then removed. This treatment can be a little painful as it reproduces the pattern of pain but this is short lived and the end result is a significant reduction in overall muscular pain.