Acupuncture is an holistic approach to the management of disease and the maintenance of health, based on over 3000 years of history in the Far East. With treatment consisting of the insertion of very fine needles into the skin, it is one of the most rapidly growing complementary therapies in the UK.
Research shows that acupuncture can reduce pain by stimulating the brain and spinal cord to produce natural pain-relieving chemicals such as endorphins, melatonin (which promotes sleep) and serotonin (to promote well-being).These chemicals assist the body’s healing processes and offer pain relief as a precursor to other treatments such as manual therapy or exercise in order to aid recovery.
Acupuncture is used to treat a range of conditions. Research has shown good scientific evidence for its effectiveness in relieving:
- low back pain
- tension type headache
- neck pain
- shoulder pain
- joint pain from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
Dry Needling is a highly effective treatment for pain, spasm, nerve irritation and muscle relaxation. It involves inserting a small needle into the muscle directly over the myofascial trigger point causing a myofascail released which reduces the pain and helps restore the inhibited muscle.
Dry Needling works by:
- Promoting blood flow to the injured area for healing
- Block the neural pathway that causes pain
- Cause Endorphins to be released to ease the pain and inhibit the pain/inflammatory cycle
At Smart physiotherapy our physiotherapists are trained in Pilates by the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) which is a world leading provider of Physiotherapy and Pilates treatment and education. At Smart physiotherapy we offer one to one and one to two pilates classes at out clinic.
Pilates is an exercise approach aimed at strengthening the core muscles using a series of exercises which work the muscles hard while maintaining flexibility and encouraging relaxation. It was developed by Joseph Pilates who used it for both sporting people and patients within hospitals. It has developed now into a well-recognised form of exercise.
Pilates is suitable for a wide ranging population. Many people come to Pilates following injury or due to pain but it is also very effective for the sporting individual to improve performance. As it is a non-impact exercise it is suitable for all age groups and throughout pregnancy.
There are many benefits to Pilates from strengthening and conditioning the body to reducing aches and pains. You should find you start to notice the following benefits when taking part in Pilates:
- Improved body awareness
- Improve speed of recovery
- Improved core stability
- Increased endurance
- Improved muscle control
- Reduced risk of injury
- Reduced muscle imbalances
- Reduce pain
- Reduces stress
- Improved fitness & wellbeing
- Increased flexibility
- Improved posture