Acupuncture is traditional chinese medicine that dates back as far as 1000 years BC. It is based on a holistic concept of treatment which regards ill health as a manifestation of imbalance in the body's energy or Qi (chee).
Acupuncture is one of the many skills that Colleen Byrne practices. Physiotherapists base their treatments on scientific research and clinical evidence. It has been shown to stimulate the brain and spinal cord to produce natural pain relieving chemicals such as endorphins, melatonin, and serotonin.
Acupuncture assists the body's healing processes and offer pain relief as a precursor to other treatments such as manual therapy or exercise which further aids in the recovery process.
Conventional acupuncture involves the use of a single-use, pre-sterilized disposable needle of varying lengths that pierce the skin at the acupuncture points. Generally it is painless although sometimes an achey sensation can be felt which is often times indicating a release of Qi. A number of needles can be used during each treatment and are typically left in position for 20-30 minutes.
Trigger point acupuncture/Dry needling may also be used to facilitate relaxation of the muscles and is typically used for more chronic muscle tightness. It can be slightly more painful but the needle is just inserted to elicit a twitch response followed by relaxation and once thats achieved the needle is removed, lasting only a few seconds.