Acupuncture Therapy

For the past 50 years, Cairnhill Physiotherapy has been providing acupuncture therapy to treat the people of Auckland. Used as a method to treat pain, muscle tightness and swelling find out more about our services below.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

The acupuncture process involves inserting fine needles into specific points throughout the body to relieve pain, muscle tightness and swelling. The needles stimulate underlying nerves which send messages to your spinal cord and midbrain to release chemicals in the muscle, spinal cord and brain. The release of these chemicals helps change or suppress pain and can trigger other chemicals in the body to help promote natural healing. Many of our patients are new to acupuncture and may not know what to expect. Prior to treatment, it is the responsibility of our experienced physiotherapists to inform the patient about what to expect from the forthcoming treatment. Acupuncture is a gentle therapy undertaken in a calm and reassuring atmosphere. Most patients feel very little when fine acupuncture needles are inserted. These remain inserted as you are comfortably positioned for up to 30-minutes before being gently removed. We’ll ensure your appointment is full of warmth, care and is pain-free.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Part of a holistic approach, we use acupuncture to treat a range of injuries, from muscle and ligament sprains to tears. We also use it for groin injuries, hamstrings, calf muscles and joint pain and swelling, including ankles, elbows, knees, wrists and shoulders. We often use acupuncture to assist patients in pre and post-operative rehabilitation. A diverse treatment method, acupuncture can be used as a treatment for patients who suffer from neck pain, headaches and sciatica. Our Auckland physiotherapists also perform a variation of acupuncture called dry needling. This method is used to relieve muscle tension and pain, which can cause patients to lose flexibility. With the combination of acupuncture, dry needling and physiotherapy techniques, we can decrease your pain and tension, as well as assist in improving flexibility back into your body.

Combining Acupuncture With Other Treatments

As you’ll notice above, there are a wide range of injury types that acupuncture can help combat. Used as a holistic treatment method, we often use acupuncture in conjunction with other physiotherapy techniques at Cairnhill Physiotherapy. Some of our other treatments include:
  • Massage therapy
  • Pilates
  • Sport injury rehabilitation
  • Pre-op / post-op rehabilitation
  • On-site gym


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