Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Each of the organs of the body has its own associated channel or pathway of energy. These are often referred to as meridians. Very fine needles are inserted into points along the meridians with the aim of bringing the body to a point of balance and harmony.
Using both Eastern (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Western/Medical (Dry Needling/Trigger Point Acupuncture) forms of acupuncture Total Physiotherapy can tailor the use of acupuncture specifically to your needs (remaining within the scope of Physiotherapy).
Traditional Chinese Medicine : Utilisation of meridian or extra points based on a TCM approach which includes diagnosis and clinical reasoning using various Chinese medicine assessment methods and/or paradigms. TCM is based on the Chinese concept of energy balancing where there are two forces within the body that require balance in order to achieve health and fitness; these forces are commonly referred to as YIN (negative) and YANG (positive). Read more ...
Western/Medical Acupuncture : Utilisation of meridian points but applies it to Western scientific reasoning with particular consideration to neurophysiology and anatomy. It does not utilise any traditional Chinese assessment methods or paradigms. Western Acupuncture is used by physiotherapists to achieve pain relief via the stimulation of the nervous system, such as the brain and spinal cord to produce the body’s own pain relieving neuro-chemicals, such as endorphins for pain relief; melatonin to promote sleep and serotonin to promote well being. Read more ...