Here at City Physio all of our therapists are experienced acupuncturists. While it is largely accepted these days that acupuncture can have significant benefit for chronic problems such as arthritis and persistent low back pain, very few are aware of its value in treating acute sports injury.
There is now a huge amount of evidence supporting the use of acupuncture as an adjunct to conventional physiotherapy techniques. Mobile brain scans and MRI scans enable us to objectively measure the effects that acupuncture has. When piercing the skin the nerve response sent via reflex has an instantaneous effect on the surrounding muscle. At the same time 20 minutes of acupuncture stimulates our adrenal glands to release cortisol, one of our bodies natural anti-inflammatory.
Specific needling techniques have developed over the years to enable us to maximise these benefits. For example:
Four needles surrounding an area of swelling stimulates cortisol production and can significantly reduce that swelling.
Trigger points that have developed as a result of injury, weakness or muscle spasm can be calmed very quickly as a reflex response to treatment.
There are also specific points we can use to ease stiffness and specific points to maximise pain relief.
If you have a sports injury and would like to know if acupuncture and/or physiotherapy can help please feel free to contact us.