During manipulation, your physiotherapist moves or puts pressure on a precise area of your body, such as your back, to loosen it. They may use increasing pressure or a sudden controlled push for this. Back manipulation is safe and can be effective at reducing back pain and improving mobility. It’s important that it’s carried out by an appropriately trained physiotherapist who can assess when it will be a helpful treatment to use.
Acupuncture is a complementary therapy that typically involves inserting fine needles into your skin at defined points. Your physiotherapist may use it with other types of physiotherapy to help relieve pain.
Dry needling (often called western or medical acupuncture) is a technique involving needles but is different from acupuncture. Acupuncture and dry needling have differences in their philosophy, where the needles are placed and how the treatments are practised.
In dry needling, needles are placed into specific points of your muscles in order to treat pain and tightness and to improve movement.
Electrotherapy is a general term for therapies that use low-level electrical energy to reduce your pain and encourage healing. It can be used in combination with other types of physiotherapy. For example, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) uses a low-level electric pulse to relieve your pain. This usually feels like a tingle.
If you are looking to book an appointment with a Physiotherapist you can call our team on 0800 054 6430 or even book online at www.core-physio.org
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