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. However 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.  It is scientifically proven to help relieve pain and assist recovery.  A physiotherapist will place a needle into the tissues this stimulates the nervous system.  A cascade of responses is then triggered, such as increased blood supply and production of chemicals that assist with healing.

Allison Aspinall, Paula Shortall and Vicky Hill 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.  Dry needling can be a little painful at the time but only lasts around 10 seconds and can have quite spectacular results!

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


What Happens During Treatment?

Your physiotherapist will use very thin, fine, sterile needles for your treatment.  Sometimes you don’t even feel them go in, the needles are so thin!  Sometimes just one point may be needled but with Western Medical treatments you may have around 10 points needled.  An explanation will always be given by your physio to explain your treatment before starting.  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.