is an ancient Chinese system of healing that views health as the balance within
an individual's healing energy, or chi.
help chi move along pathways, known as meridians, that connect various organs
and systems within the body.
uninterrupted and balanced flow of energy along these meridians contributes
to one's overall health. However, blockages and imbalances
result in pain and illness.
Physiotherapist inserts very fine, sterile needles at specific acupuncture points along the meridians to redirect and reposition
the flow of energy.
can use as many as nine types of Acupuncture needles, though only six are
commonly used today.
These needles vary in length, width of shaft, and shape
most needles are disposable. They are used once and discarded in accordance
with medical biohazard regulations and guidelines.
are a few different precise methods by which Physiotherapist insert needles.
Points can be needled anywhere in the range of 15 degrees to 90 degrees relative
to the skin surface, depending on the treatment called for.
most cases, a sensation, felt by the patient, is desired. This sensation,
which is not pain, is called deqi (pronounced dah-chee).
Physiotherapist will procedure to stimulate the needle during treatment by twisting
and turning or rotating the needle. An average treatment time for acupuncture
addition to needles, small rolled-up cones of moxa, the dried leaves of the
mugwort plant, are often placed on the point and burned until heat is felt.
again, techniques are carefully chosen based on the ailment.
can also be used to help reduce muscle spasm and tension by inserting the
needle into certain points within the muscle to aid the muscle to relax.
also helps to stimulate the healing of tissue and nerves thus alleviating
is used within Physiotherapy alongside various other techniques.