‘Powerful therapeutic stimulation utilising needles’
'Used by a variety of health professionals = safe and effective in relieving muscular conditions’
Acupuncture is widely practised around the world as a treatment option to relieve neuromusculoskeletal conditions. As an example, Harvard University hospital in the US integrated acupuncture into their pain management program. Even in Australia, many health professionals including medical doctors and physiotherapists utilises acupuncture in the treatment of muscle and joint disorders largely under the name of ‘dry needling’.
Although acupuncture has been in use for thousands of years, with the help of modern medical technologies, we now have a better sense of how acupuncture actually affects the human body. In acupuncture, inserting a needle directly into the affected muscles and tissues applies a powerful stimulation to the local nervous system inducing a therapeutic or healing response. Also, recent studies suggest that “ acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system, signalling the body to release various substances including endorphins, immune system cells, opioids, neurotransmitters, and neurohormones. These may help control pain, change how the body experiences pain, and promote physical and emotional well-being. Some research also indicates that acupuncture influences involuntary central nervous functions, such as blood pressure, blood flow, and body temperature regulation .”
Acupuncture treatment is more safer and effective when conducted by a university-educated professional such as the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) registered acupuncturist/oriental medicine practitioner (TCM).
What is the difference between acupuncture and dry needling?