Acupuncture utilizes the insertion of fine solid needles into the body at specific points of the body in order to create a reaction within the body. Many physical therapists are trained in medical (or anatomical) acupuncture (as compared to traditional Chinese medicine). Medical acupuncture is a method of utilizing acupuncture points and needles based on a western diagnosis of the ailment and knowledge of the underlying anatomy of the points being stimulated. Acupuncture has been found to stimulate an immunological response, resulting in both pain relief and anti-inflammatory treatment, as well as a regenerative response which stimulates the body to heal.
Examples of Indications for Acupuncture in Physical Therapy:
- Pain Relief
- Muscle tension /
- Chronic Injuries (joints, tendons, muscles, etc)
- Following Surgeries