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What Conditions Can Improve With Acupuncture?

Are you dealing with pain and stiffness most days? Do you feel tired or unwell, even though you are resting and looking after yourself well? Are you looking for a treatment option that may provide some relief and improvement?

Acupuncture is an increasingly popular technique that can be used as part of a management plan for a broad range of conditions and concerns. This approach has been part of traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years and there is extensive research regarding its use. Performed by qualified and experienced professionals, acupuncture may be a beneficial part of your treatment for an issue that is causing you discomfort or reduced functionality.

By targeting points in the body that are connected by meridians or pathways with acupuncture, our physiotherapists in West Ryde can work to stimulate energy flow that may improve your overall health and well-being. We can help you learn more about acupuncture and how it might be applicable to your condition.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

The goal of acupuncture is to improve the balance and energy in the body, also known as Qi, which may be disrupted and causing issues that lead to discomfort, illness, and a reduced quality of life. It is believed that acupuncture points may stimulate the central nervous system, which prompts the release of chemicals into the brain, muscles, and spinal cord. Subsequently, acupuncture aims to encourage the body’s natural healing process.

Who Can Perform Acupuncture?

Performing acupuncture requires special training, so it is important to choose a therapist who is sufficiently qualified before you receive this form of treatment. Our physios regularly deliver acupuncture services as part of their patients’ personalised care plan when it is determined that it might help their situation.

Acupuncture involves the use of fine, metallic needles that are gently inserted into specific points in the skin that link to an area that is causing discomfort. Nothing is injected into the body. These sterilised, solid, and single-use needles are activated when the trained therapist uses specific techniques or electrical stimulation.

What to Expect With Acupuncture?

After a thorough assessment, your physiotherapist will identify the issue and consider underlying factors that may be creating your symptoms. They will develop an appropriate treatment plan for you and determine whether you are an ideal candidate for acupuncture.

Depending on which body part is affected, what is comfortable for you, and what provides your physio with the best access, you will typically either sit or lie down during treatment. It can be useful to wear comfortable, loose clothing.

When the needle is inserted, you may experience a slight prick, mild tingling, or warmth due to the stimulation of the affected region. Acupuncture is generally painless because the needles are so fine. Many people feel sleepy during treatment and may leave the session feeling energised or relaxed. Sometimes, the symptoms you were experiencing before treatment may feel aggravated, but this should ease relatively quickly as healing occurs.

The number of needles and how many sessions are required will depend on your condition and symptoms, and your physio will discuss this with you before and during your treatment.

What Conditions Can Acupuncture Treat?

By encouraging natural healing and energy balance, acupuncture has the potential to improve a variety of concerns and ailments. This form of treatment can be used alone but may also present great advantages when used in combination with other healthcare options as a complementary treatment method.

There is a wide array of acute and chronic conditions and issues that qualified therapists may choose to treat with acupuncture. Results may differ from person to person depending on their symptoms, health status, and body’s response.

Some of these conditions include:

  • Headaches and migraines.
  • Myofascial pain.
  • Upper and lower limb pain.
  • Back and neck pain.
  • Arthritis.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Menstrual cramps.
  • Dental pain.
  • Fibromyalgia.
  • Sciatica.
  • Neurogenic bladder dysfunction.
  • Parkinson’s disease.
  • Sinusitis.
  • Postoperative pain.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
  • Haemorrhoids.
  • Anxiety and depression.
  • Insomnia.
  • Nerve discomfort.
  • Pregnancy symptoms.

Physiotherapy Acupuncture, West Ryde

If you are experiencing symptoms caused by an array of conditions, acupuncture may be of assistance. Our qualified physios in West Ridge are experienced in providing this treatment method as part of customised management plans for their patients and look forward to discussing with you the potential benefits of this ancient technique.

If you are interested in acupuncture and finding out whether it may be suitable for you, please call our friendly team to organise an initial consultation.


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