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At Health2u, we are proud to offer our clients a range of complementary therapies that can enhance their overall physical and mental wellbeing. One of the most popular treatments we offer is acupuncture, which is practiced by a number of our skilled and experienced physiotherapists in Singapore.
Our physiotherapists are trained to use acupuncture as a complementary therapy alongside other physiotherapy treatments, or as a standalone treatment depending on the client's needs. Acupuncture can be particularly effective for conditions such as chronic pain, headaches, and musculoskeletal disorders.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice that has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. In recent years, it has gained popularity in the West as an effective form of alternative medicine. Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to restore the flow of energy, or qi, along pathways known as meridians. In this article, we will explore how acupuncture works and its benefits.
The traditional Chinese philosophy behind acupuncture is that a healthy body has a free flow of energy, or qi, along meridians that are linked to specific organs in the body. However, factors such as trauma, anxiety, anger, and stress can disrupt this flow, leading to various health problems. By inserting needles along the pathways where the energy is disrupted, acupuncture helps to restore the free flow of energy along the meridians.
Another way that acupuncture works is by acting on the body's pain gate. When a needle is inserted into the skin, it sends impulses up into the brain, which releases endogenous opioids, which are the body's own painkillers. These substances help to reduce or eliminate pain by blocking the transmission of pain signals to the brain.
It is recommended that you discuss with your physiotherapist from Health2u whether acupuncture is suitable for your particular condition. However, if you have a metal allergy to stainless steel, a phobia of needles, or an infection, acupuncture may not be appropriate for you at this time.
That being said, Health2u believes that acupuncture can be helpful for a variety of conditions. These include chronic pain, headaches, migraines, menstrual cramps, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and infertility. Acupuncture is a safe and natural form of treatment that has very few side effects and can be used in conjunction with other therapies to promote overall health and well-being.
Some of the conditions Health2u promotes acupuncture for are:
The effectiveness of acupuncture can vary from person to person. While some individuals may experience fantastic results, others may not see much improvement. It's important to understand that the number of acupuncture sessions required for optimal results can also vary depending on the individual.
Factors that can influence the effectiveness of acupuncture include the specific health condition being treated, the severity of the condition, the individual's overall health and wellness, and their response to acupuncture. In some cases, a single session of acupuncture may be enough to provide relief, while in other cases, multiple sessions may be necessary to see significant improvement.
During acupuncture treatment, sterile disposable extremely fine needles are inserted quickly through the skin into the tissues beneath. The practitioner will select specific acupuncture points based on the individual's health concerns and the desired effect.
Once the needle is inserted, different sensations may be experienced, such as a deep ache, heat, or heaviness around the area where the needle is inserted. These sensations are known as "De Qi" and are considered normal. In fact, feeling these sensations indicates that the acupuncture is having a positive effect and that the body's own painkillers are being released.
The duration that the needles are left in place can vary depending on the desired effect. For example, if the treatment is aimed at releasing trigger points or muscle spasms, the needle may only be left in place for a few minutes. However, if the goal is to restore energy flow along the meridians, the needles may be left in place for a longer period, typically between 15 and 30 minutes.
The number of acupuncture sessions required can vary from person to person. Some individuals may only require a single session to experience noticeable improvement, while others may require at least 6 sessions or more. The number of sessions needed depends on various factors, including the severity and duration of the health condition being treated, the individual's overall health and response to acupuncture, and whether acupuncture is used as a standalone treatment or in combination with other therapies.
It's important to understand that the effects of acupuncture can also vary in terms of their lasting effect. While some individuals may find that their health condition is permanently resolved after acupuncture, others may require maintenance treatments to maintain the lasting effect.
Members of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) are required to undergo a minimum level of training and are held to professional codes of conduct through the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC). This means that patients who receive acupuncture treatment from a member of the AACP can have confidence that their practitioner is highly qualified and operates within professional guidelines.
It is a lot safer than most drugs but there can be side effects felt which include:
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