Physiotherapists can take post-graduate training in anatomical acupuncture as a tool to be used in conjunction with physiotherapy treatment when desired and deemed appropriate. Anatomical acupuncture is a western adaptation of traditional Chinese medicine-based acupuncture and uses anatomy and physiology (the body’s responses and function) as a way to treat with fine, sterile needles. The needles are inserted into specific points on the body in order to elicit a physiological reaction by the body. Some of the beneficial reactions/responses include:
- Pain relief
- Reduced muscle tension or tone
- Reduced inflammation
- General relaxation
Acupuncture not only helps reduce symptoms, but also treat the root cause of the symptoms. Needles are usually left in place for 15-30 minutes at a time while the patient rests. Response to acupuncture may be immediate or delayed. Ask your physiotherapist if acupuncture may be helpful for you!