Acupuncture is the stimulation of special points on the body, usually by the insertion of fine needles. Originating in the Far East about 2000 years ago, it has made various appearances in the history of European and north American medicine.
In its original form acupuncture was based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine. According to these, the workings of the human body are controlled by a vital force or energy called "Qi" (pronounced "chee"), which circulates between the organs along channels called meridians. There are 12 main meridians, and these correspond to 12 major functions or "organs" of the body.
Acupuncture is one of the many skills used within physiotherapy as an integrated approach to the management of pain, inflammation and as a means of enhancing the body's own healing chemicals in order to aid recovery and enhance rehabilitation. Acupuncture within physiotherapy is used within the background of clinical and research evidence.
Treatment with Acupuncture is undertaken with the aim or restoring all the body systems to a state of balance (homeostasis). This is achieved by an in depth physiotherapy assessment to determine the source of the imbalance and the correct acupuncture points required to address this imbalance and facilitate the body's return to a state of health both physically and mentally.
Helen Tinsley Jason Curtis & Anne-Marie Nash are members of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. Members are required to train to a minimum standard and are bound by professional codes of conduct through the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
Acupuncture can be used as part of your physiotherapy treatment, usually following on from your 'hands on' treatment session.