A welcome relief from pain
Once used exclusively by traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is now establishing itself within Western medical practice.
And while the effects of the technique are still not fully understood scientifically, there’s a growing body of clinical evidence to show that acupuncture can be an effective way to manage chronic pain, including lower back, neck and muscular pain.
Acupuncture and Liberty Physio
We provide acupuncture treatment to help you overcome your chronic pain, as well as relax tight muscles and disperse muscle knots. Our therapists are fully trained and can offer sessions to relieve the pain associated with various conditions, including:
- Back pain
- Muscular pain
- Tennis elbow
- Post-operative pain
FAQ: Acupuncture For Fibromyalgia
What is Fibromyalgia?
What are the symptoms of Fibromyalgia?
What are the causes of Fibromyalgia?
How can Fibromyalgia be diagnosed and treated?
Focus is based on treatment and management – with medication being the first-line of treatment and a broad range of drugs being used to treat the symptoms.
Medication does not work effectively for all patients, however, and alternative therapies such as acupuncture are often sought (see below).
The effectiveness of treatment is measured by the outcomes on one or more of the key domains of FM:
- Health Related Quality of Life (HRQOL)
- FM impact
- Anxiety and depression
How can acupuncture be used to ease Fibromyalgia?
- Dry needling
Trigger points are common amongst FM patients and are a constant source of peripheral pain. Dry needling can reverse some of the central sensitisation, reduce local and referred pain and improve range of motion.
Effective dry needling involves a ‘muscle twitch’ response. When the needle is inserted, biochemical changes take place to inhibit the spasm and reduce the pain and dysfunction on an immediate and short-term basis.
- Electro acupuncture
Electro acupuncture (EA) can also be effective for pain relief and produces analgesic effects that can outlast the needling period. New evidence has emerged that electrical pulse stimulation could be a successful treatment for FM.
Results of research in healthy subjects showed that EA can assist in the treatment of sleep disturbance, fatigue, poor energy, pain and other fatigue-associated chronic diseases and plays a critical role in the pathophysiology of FM (Cordero, 2014).