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Acupuncture involves the penetration of the skin with needles to stimulate specific points throughout the body. In its classical form it is part of ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine. However more and more scientific research has highlighted the positive physiological response of the body to the needle and western acupuncture focuses on the current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology to help with pain.

Acupuncture acts mainly by stimulating the nervous system (the system responsible for the perception of pain). Through this stimulation, acupuncture generates a 'competing' stimulus to that of pain and effectively interrupts the pain signals from reaching the brain; this is known as the 'pain gate theory'. Acupuncture has also been proven to increase the body's levels of endorphins (natural painkillers), anti-inflammatorys, anti-bodys and serotonin (a feel good hormone). Another positive effect acupuncture has on the body is that it improves circulation and so floods the injured area with new red and white blood cells -helping to create a faster healing process.

Acupuncture is recommended in the NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) guidelines for the treatment of headaches and certain types of shoulder pain. It is also recommended in the POGP (Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy) guidelines for the management of pelvic girdle pain.

At Physiofit we combine TCM principles with scientific evidence as a means of reducing pain and promoting health and healing; always with the aim of enhancing more traditional physiotherapy treatments such as manual therapy and rehabilitation exercises to promote recovery. We use single use, pre-sterilised disposable needles. Our physiotherapist, Suzie Crellin, who offers acupuncture is a member of the AACP (Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists).

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There are several techniques for applying acupuncture and these are described below:

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