Traditionally acupuncture is a traditional Chinese therapy that treats blockages in the energy pathways (meridians) of the body. Small fine needles are inserted into specific points along the meridians to balance the energy flow of the body and encourage healing. It can be an effective form of pain relief, it may also boost the immune system to help the body withstand colds and minor infections and it may help the body to recover more quickly from such illnesses.
There is a lot of research to show that acupuncture can help with migraines and headaches, as well as lower back issues and chronic osteoarthritis of the knee. Treatment of these conditions see the best results when 8-10 treatments are given, however we also recognise everyone is different so this maybe less or more in certain individuals. Acupuncture can also be used for many different women’s health issues from painful periods to hot flushes and it can even help with fertility.
Here at Anatomy Manchester in Chorlton we can also use acupuncture as part of your physiotherapy or sports rehabilitation treatment. It can be used alongside conventional physiotherapy techniques to treat a variety of physiological and psychological conditions such as muscular and joint pain, stress and anxiety. The training our practitioners have received enables them to use highly effective techniques that can help to eliminate your pain and tightness, and even make you sleep better.
Small sterile single use needles are inserted into the skin along the Traditional Chinese Meridians to help with your condition. Specific points are selected because of their special properties and a treatment plan can be formed for your individual condition. There is even a set of points we use to help you get over your fear of acupuncture!
There are many conditions that benefit greatly from a course of acupuncture, frozen shoulders are especially responsive to acupuncture as are Achilles tendinitis and tennis elbow, but if you are unsure on what treatment is best for you please ask your therapist.