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What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves penetrating the skin with needles to stimulate specific points of the body. There are over 700 recognised acupuncture points spread throughout the body.  This complementary technique is available at our Belfast clinic and is used both as, a stand-alone treatment and in conjunction with other treatment techniques. All our therapists our members of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists.

Aim Of Acupuncture

Acupuncture can be used for various reasons, some of the most common are:

  • Pain relief
  • Increased speed of healing
  • Increase flexibility / tissue length
  • Increase relaxation

How Acupncture Works

At Belfast Back Care and Physiotherapy Centre we commonly use three separate acupuncture techniques;

  1. Traditional Chinese Acupuncture: This theory believes that the body holds a ‘vital energy’ or ‘life force’ called ‘Chi’ or ‘de qi’ which travels in meridians through the body. If this gets blocked or stuck it results in injury or disease and acupuncture can be used to correct this.
  2. Western Scientific Acupuncture: This is by far the most common technique used at the clinic as it is based around scientifically proven research. Acupuncture is proven to stimulate the body’s natural release of chemicals and hormones used in the healing process and also over-ride the pain signal coming from that area.
  3. Trigger Point Acupuncture: Also known as dry needling, this technique involves using the needle to loosen or lengthen the tissue it is placed into. It works really well to get rid of knots which can form in muscles. We commonly use this technique in association with other techniques like massage.

Who Can benefit From Acupuncture?

On your first appointment your therapist will follow an assessment to make sure it is suitable and safe to perform. The World Health Organisation created a list of over 300 conditions which acupuncture has been shown to respond well for. This is not a definitive list and new research is always evolving.  A sample of the most common conditions includes:

  • Arthritis including osteo and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Muscle problems
  • Tendonitis including tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow and achillies tendonitis
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain including whiplash
  • Sciatica
  • Headache / migraine
  • Sinusitis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Joint problems
  • Sleep problems
  • Stress / tension

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Check out this testimonial from past CEO of Titanic Belfast, now with Westport House & Hotel Westport, Tim Husbands MBE.

‘’I went to see Aidan early in 2016 , after I had suffered a neck injury from football. It had been diagnosed as Acute, and was very debilitating and pain being ever present. Aidan helped me back on the road to recovery , working with health partners, and the health insurance company, initially on a weekly basis with Dry needle work and some muscle treatment. I worked with him over the next twelve months making gradual progress, being sensitive to the pain caused by the injury but needing a firm plan having identified a personalised treatment and fitness programme for me. Now 18 months on, my health is 100% better than it was and I just need to go back every few months for a health check and for any tweaking to be done after the rough and tumble stress caused by everyday work. I am very grateful for his encouragement throughout and for the professional way in which he and his team carry out their work’’.
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622 Antrim Road
Belfast, BT15 5GP
Telephone: 02890 779560
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