Pinpointing your body wellness - Acupuncture & Dry Needling at The Urban Physio

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What is Acupuncture?

One of the oldest forms of healing, acupuncture’s origins stem back more than three thousand years. The art of acupuncture encompasses the traditional Taoist philosophy of Yin and Yang – where the balance of Qi energy (pronounced ‘chee’) within the body is vital to positive health.

Through inserting very fine needles into key points across the body, acupuncture allows the all-important Qi to circulate freely through the body’s meridian channels. The result is enhanced physical wellbeing, reduction in pain and an overall sense of balance and mindfulness.

Acupuncture and Dry Needling at The Urban Physio

Providing the best of both worlds, The Urban Physio is trained in Western Acupuncture and Dry Needling which combines the benefits of traditional Chinese acupuncture with contemporary medical models linked to the body’s anatomy and physiology.

When used post-surgery or to recover from injury, the insertion of acupuncture needles into specific points activates the body’s nervous system. This stimulates the brain and spinal cord to produce natural neurochemicals, such as endorphins which help with pain reduction, melatonin which aids restful sleep and serotonin which reduces stress and tension. These neurochemicals also speed up the body’s natural healing processes - meaning a faster return to your urban lifestyle.

Acupuncture is often combined with Dry Needling which specifically targets areas within the muscle known as trigger points. Directly inserting a needle into a trigger point results in reduced inflammation and improved circulation to the injured area.

Even if you’re not injured, acupuncture is a great way to enhance your overall wellness. Key benefits include a reduction in general muscle stiffness and soreness, relief of headaches and associated tension, and increased flexibility. It also helps to recalibrate the circulation of Qi to give you a sense of balance and wellness.

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Combining Acupuncture with other Physio treatments

Combining acupuncture with other contemporary physiotherapy techniques, including trigger point massage, joint mobilisation and manipulation or taping techniques will restore and revitalise your body. At The Urban Physio we can tailor a bespoke acupuncture session to meet your individual needs and return you to a pain free life.

What can I expect?

Acupuncture isn’t as painful as most people expect. In fact, the needles are so fine you can barely see them.

When a needle is inserted, you’ll typically experience a tingly or warm sensation that radiates away from the point of insertion – this is your nervous system doing its thing. Needles are normally left in the muscle for 20 to 30 minutes. When combined with the Dry Needling technique, fine movements are made to the needle in situ, however this doesn’t typically cause discomfort.

At the end, the needles are removed so quickly most people won’t feel anything. You may experience a couple of minor side effects including sleepiness or localised aching or tenderness, but you’ll be back to normal within 24 hours. 

Click below to book your world class appointment today or call 09 216 7799 to discuss how The Urban Physio can support your wellness for an urban lifestyle!