A number of our Health2u physiotherapists are trained to practice acupuncture in Singapore therefore can offer this treatment to our clients. Extensive research has proven it to be effective and it is often used alongside other physiotherapy treatments or by itself depending on the clients needs.
What is a Acupuncture?
The traditional Chinese philosophy is that when the body is healthy, energy which is known as ‘qi’ flows freely along pathways known as meridians. Each of these pathways is linked to an organ within the body such as the heart and lung. Going with the Chinese Acupuncture Philosophy in a healthy body energy which is also know as ‘qi’ flow along meridians which are pathways linked to organs in the body such as the lungs, heart, kidneys or liver. Factors such as trauma, anxiety, anger, stress can disrupt this energy flow. The acupuncture can help by inserting needles along the pathways where the energy is disrupted to restore energy to flow along the meridians freely again.
Another method that acupuncture works by is to act on ‘our paingate’. The needle being inserted sends impulses up into the brain and this releases substances know as ‘endogenous opioids’ which act like our bodys own painkillers from the brain. This then helps to reduce or completely get rid of the pain.
Is Acupuncture Right For Me
Please discuss with the physiotherapist from Health2u treating you whether they believe acupuncture is right for you. However, if you have a metal allergy to stainless steel, a phobia of needles or an infection acupuncture is not right for you at this time. Some of the conditions Health2u believes acupuncture helpful for are:
- knee pain acupuncture
- back pain acupuncture
- headache acupuncure
- ankle pain acupuncture
- de quervains acupuncture
- carpal tunnel acupuncture
- muscle pain acupuncture
- trigger point acupuncture
How Effective Will Acupuncture Be?
Acupuncture has varied effects on different people and although can have fantastic results for some people can also not work for others. The number of sessions required also varies between individuals.
How Is Acupuncture Carried Out?
Sterile disposable extremely fine needles are very quickly inserted through the skin into the tissues beneath. Once the needle is in, different feelings can be experienced such as deep ache, heat or heaviness around where the needle is in. These effects are normal and called ‘De Qi’ and in fact, if you do feel this then it means the acupuncture is having a good effect and signals that your body’s own painkillers are being released.
When it is used is to release trigger points or muscle spasm the needle is likely only in for a few minutes whereas if to help restore energy flow along meridians the needles will stay in longer normally between 15 and 30 minutes.
How Many Acupuncture Sessions Do I Need?
Again varies between different people and some may only need one session whereas others at least 6 sessions to see a noticeable improvement. The lasting effect also varies with some finding the problem has permanently resolving and others needing maintenance treatments to maintain the lasting effect.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Members of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) are required to train to a minimum standard and are bound by professional codes of conduct through the Alled Health Professions Council (AHPC). It is a lot safer than most drugs but there can be side effects felt which include:
- Needle site bruising
- Drowsiness feeling after treatment
- Needle site discomfort
- Temporary pain increases
- Feeling faint or fainting
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