Why Acupuncture is used in Physiotherapy

Why Acupuncture is used in Physiotherapy

Acupuncture is becoming more and more common as an adjunct to physiotherapy. My experience is that acupuncture can give a lot of pain relief and greatly improve the rate of recovery for many people in many different conditions. Here are a few of the ways that science has shown acupuncture works and how that benefits you in your recovery:

  1. Endorphins. It is a established fact that acupuncture creates an endorphin release. What does this mean for you? Endorphin release means pain relief and not only does this help your sense of well being, it also allows you to normalize movement, improve your function and do your physio exercises!
  2. Histamines. There is some evidence that Acupuncture can modulate histamine response. What this means is that acupuncture can influence inflammation, helping you get on the road to recovery faster.
  3. Change electrical activity in muscle. This means acupuncture has the potential to change the tension within a muscle – relax a tight muscle.
  4. Increase blood flow. There is strong evidence that Acupuncture increases local blood flow. Increase blood flow to a tissue means increase in nutrition and a decrease in byproducts of injury and energy production. In short it improves your body’s own ability to heal.

Sold yet? If you are interested in trying acupuncture as an adjunct to your physiotherapy find a therapist that also practices acupuncture. If you are interested in learning more about what services our physiotherapists can provide, please contact us.

As always, thank you for reading.

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