Acupuncture Treatment for Orthopedic and Neurological Conditions
What is acupuncture?
- It is the insertion of needles into the skin, fascia or muscles to decrease pain and promote healing.
- It can involve the application of electrical stimulation to the needles to enhance the desired effect.
How does acupuncture work?
- The Chinese model: Various points along different energy channels called meridians are used to help release the blockage of energy as well as promoting blood flow and healing of injured tissues.
- The modern scientific model: Acupuncture has been proven to cause the nervous system to release many chemicals that in turn affect the further release of substances and hormones at the spinal cord, brain and muscle tissues to promote healing.
What conditions can physiotherapists treat with acupuncture?
- Physiotherapists can treat orthopaedic and neurological conditions relevant to their clinical practice.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the proven effectiveness of acupuncture in the following conditions that fall within the scope of physiotherapy practice:
- Tennis elbow
- Low back and neck pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Muscle pain and weakness
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Intercostal neuralgia
The WHO has an extensive list of orthopaedic conditions that we treat whose therapeutic effects have been shown to be effective but require further validation. Please visit the WHO website.