Acupuncture Treatments in Manchester
Acupuncture is one of the many skills used within physiotherapy as an integrated approach to the management of pain and inflammation. It is a means of stimulating the body’s own healing chemicals to aid recovery and enhance rehabilitation (getting better, quicker).
Acupuncture within physiotherapy is used against the background of clinical and research evidence. The concept of Traditional Chinese Medicine [TCM] is an ancient system of written scripts as far back as 1000BC, founded on the holistic concept of treatment and an acknowledgement of the body’s ability to return to its balanced state of health, given the correct stimulus to do so.
Now more and more elite athletes are combining physiotherapy with acupuncture to improve performance without the use of drugs and with few to no side effects. The many benefits athletes enjoy include pain relief, increased circulation, reduced inflammation, quicker recovery times from injuries and workouts and relaxation of tense muscles. You do not need to be an athlete however to benefit from Acupuncture!
There are many forces within the body that require balance to achieve health and fitness; two forces that are commonly referred to are YIN [negative] and YANG [positive]. Treatment with Acupuncture is undertaken with the aim of 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.
The body has the ability to “self-repair’’; the use of Acupuncture enhances the repair mechanism and enables an improved recovery time. This allows other physiotherapy treatments such as exercise, muscle strengthening and rehabilitation to achieve more effective results.
How does Acupuncture work?
The acupuncture needle will stimulate the flow of QI [pronounced ‘chee’], which circulates in channels or meridians within the body. The QI circulates within the deeper organs of the body, from its’ initial connection to the superficial skin. Both the superficial energy and the deeper energy can be influenced by the stimulation of specific acupuncture points. 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.
It is also a means of enhancing pain modulation via the stimulation of the brain and spinal cord to produce NATURAL pain-relieving chemicals such as endorphins; this will in turn reduce pain and sensitivity of tender points. Acupuncture also results in the release of melatonin to promote sleep and serotonin to promote well-being.
The aim? To help you become stronger, fitter and happier and enjoy an injury and pain-free active lifestyle, allowing you to conquer your personal sporting, well-being or physical goals. At Total Restore Physiotherapy, our physiotherapists are members of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists, and so you know you’re in the safest of hands when you get your acupuncture in Manchester City Centre.