The Benefits Of Physical Therapy During Acupuncture
Physical therapy and acupuncture are both known to relieve pain. When used together, the relief is maximized and greater healing can take place. Many physical therapists are combining their usual therapy and exercises with regular acupuncture procedures and seeing improved results.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice used for healing and pain relief. The procedure involves the insertion of thin needles into the skin at various specific points in the area of the body where the pain or injury has occurred. The needles are so small that most patients don’t even feel them.
Tight muscles can be loosened instantaneously with Trigger Point Acupuncture, a more scientific approach to acupuncture where the needle is strategically placed to loosen tense or tight muscles. The needles can relieve physical pressure and have even been known to release pent-up emotions or stress.
What is Physical Therapy?
As a practice, physical therapy is a form of rehabilitation using exercises and equipment to help patients regain or improve their physical capabilities. Physical therapy is often used after injury, surgery, stroke, or any issue affecting movement.
Physical therapy treatment can take weeks, months, or years, depending on factors such as the severity of the injury and the age of the patient. Treatment typically involves regular appointments with a physical therapist and exercises the patient does at home in between appointments.
What are the Benefits of Acupuncture Physical Therapy?
There are many benefits to both physical therapy and acupuncture. But when both are used in combination, the benefits are much greater.
- Faster healing. Patients who have undergone physical therapy and acupuncture in conjunction have experienced faster healing than those who underwent physical therapy alone. Acupuncture promotes the flow of energy to injured areas of the body to enhance healing.
- Better pain relief. Acupuncture has been proven to relieve pain for many patients. Less pain allows patients to move injured parts of the body more easily and perform physical therapy exercises more readily.
- Increase in range of motion. As the acupuncture needles release tension in tight muscles, patients find that they can achieve greater range of motion in injured areas.
- Improved comfort during workouts. Acupuncture can make physical therapy exercises and regular workouts much more comfortable to do, which means the patient will be more likely to keep up with workouts, promoting faster healing.
- Reduced swelling. A major benefit of acupuncture is that it can reduce swelling. When the swelling is reduced in an injured area of the body the pain is lessened and the range of motion can be increased.
- Increased energy levels. Acupuncture has been known to increase overall energy for patients. More energy for workouts and physical therapy sessions improves the results of those sessions and maximizes the time spent.
- Natural approach. Because acupuncture is a natural approach, it requires no medication. Patients can avoid using pain relievers such as NSAIDs and narcotics. Avoiding narcotics is always preferable because of the high risk of addiction associated with them.
With such an extensive range of benefits, it’s easy to see why the combination of these two therapies can bring about such positive results in patients.
Where Can I Receive Acupuncture Physical Therapy?
If you’re interested in trying physical therapy in conjunction with acupuncture, call Matawan Physical Therapy today at (732) 970-7894 to make an appointment. You can also fill out a contact request and someone will reach out to you promptly.
Matawan Physical Therapy offers acupuncture physical therapy in a safe, controlled setting to maximize the benefits of both therapies. Many satisfied patients can vouch for the results they have experienced from physical therapy during acupuncture at Matawan PT.