Acupuncture Treatment


Acupuncture at Central Lakes Physio Wanaka

At Central Lakes Physio we practice Western Medical Acupuncture and Trigger Point (Dry) Needling.  This involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the body.

Western Medical Acupuncture

Acupuncture at Central Lakes Physio WanakaWestern Medical Acupuncture is based on the ancient Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, but points are chosen based more on nerve supply of the tissues involved rather than the energy meridians in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture.

There is now an abundance of high quality clinical trials looking at the effectiveness of Western Medical Acupuncture and it is scientifically proven to help relieve pain and assist recovery.  When a needle is placed into the tissues this stimulates the nervous system which then triggers a cascade of responses such as increased blood supply and the production of chemicals that assist with healing.

Vicky Hill, Catherine Anderson and Allison Aspinall carry out Western Medical treatments.

Trigger Point Needling

Trigger Point (or Dry) Needling – is where a trigger point (a painful, tight point in a muscle) is needled directly in order to release the muscle.  This can be a little painful at the time but only lasts around 10 seconds and can have quite spectacular results with regards to range of movement.

Lauren Shepherd, Anna Munro, Vicky Hill, Allison Aspinall and Catherine Anderson can carry out this treatment.

What happens during treatment?

Your physiotherapist will use very thin, fine, sterile needles for your treatment, they are so thin that sometimes you don’t even feel the needle go in!  Sometimes just one point may be needled and with Western Medical treatments you may have around 10 needles used simultaneously.  Your Physiotherapist will always explain your treatment to you before starting and you can have the needles removed at any time.

We know that some people really don’t like needles, that’s fine, we have plenty of other tools we can use if you’d rather avoid them.