Rianne, one of our physiotherapists has been getting incredible results with acupuncture for all sorts of conditions, pain and injury.

This approach to acupuncture uses the traditional Chinese meridians and points but applies scientific evidence to support it’s use.

Within our scope of practice our goals are to promote healing and pain relief in the musculoskeletal system.

We use thin, solid, single use, sterile needles. These are inserted in the skin only or in the skin and muscle. On a local level (close to the injury) a slight tissue damage is caused which releases histamine. Histamine causes a massive influx of blood around the needle so the blood circulation is increased at the injury site, which promotes healing.

On segmental (the same nerve supply as the injury), extra-segmental and central level the needles are not neccesarely inserted close to the injury.
Lots of acupuncture points further away from the pain have a huge positive influence on the recovery.

By inserting needles, not only local tissue damage is caused, also small nerves in the skin and muscles are stimulated. This signal then travels to the spinal cord where cells are stimulated.
These cells release endorphins, which are your natural painkillers and they suppress the pain stimuli travelling back to the injury. The signal also makes its way up to the brain where the same process occurs. This whole happening is responsible for the pain relief.

Acupuncture treatment is not greatly painful and the majority of patients find it very manageable.
Some patients experience some light headedness or feel tired after a treatment.

On arrival in our clinic you will be asked to fill in a consent form/questionnaire, to make sure that acupuncture is the appropriate treatment for you.

Rianne uses acupuncture in combination with physiotherapy and finds it greatly enhances recovery especially in those clients that have tried everything but are still in pain.

If you would like to speak with Rianne about your condition, please do call or email.

If you would like to book an appointment, Rianne works Tuesdays and Fridays at Body in Motion.

On a personal note, I had injured my shoulder and tried some traditional treatment. It improved to about 75% but seemed to plateau. I had a few sessions of acupuncture with Rianne and my shoulder is now 100%.

It was not painful, slightly scary at first(!) but it was fine once we got going. I recommend trying it. Also the scientific literature supports faster results for some injuries by combining acupuncture and physiotherapy.
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How does acupuncture work?


Much research has centred around this question and through wide evidence it is accepted in western medicine that acupuncture is an effective complementary treatment for musculoskeletal pain.

Acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system to bring about the release of naturally occurring opioids in the body. Opioids can reduce the bodies heightened perception of pain and is especially good at reducing chronic pain. A course of acupuncture will inhibit pain by releasing opioid chemicals, which are the same as when you take pain reliving medication and include chemicals such as;

  • Endorphines
  • Serotonin
  • Neuropeptides

Traditional Chinese medicine began inserting needles to reduce pain in 1000BC along a network of lines known as meridians at known points with different pain reliving properties.  This may mean you may not be needled in the area your pain is but a different part of your body altogether.

The energy flowing through our bodies enabling our muscles to contract can be disrupted when we are ill or suffer pain. This imbalance is corrected with acupuncture allowing an improved flow of energy or ‘Qi’, pronounced ‘chee’ as its know in traditional Chinese acupuncture.

What to expect…

No two people respond in the same way to acupuncture it can depend on your general health, age, complexion and severity of condition. Your Physiotherapist uses sterile single use needles, which are finer than an injection needle.

Acupuncture should not be painful as the needles are inserted into the tissues although some persons describe a pinprick sensation.  The needles are stimulated by turning them at regular periods and patients will feel a variety of sensations. This is an excellent sign and means the body’s pain reliving mechanisms are being stimulated.

What to be aware of…

Between 2-16 needles may be used in one session.

Session times vary between individuals and can be from 2 – 40 minutes.

Acupuncture can affect your blood sugars and you mustn’t have skipped a meal prior to having acupuncture.

Your pain may increase after an acupuncture treatment, don’t be concerned, this is a good sign and a reduction in symptoms follow within 24hours.

You may bruise after treatment.

Acupuncture is not recommended if you have a metal allergy or needle phobia.

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