Physiotherapy and Acupuncture
Acupuncture and Pain Treatment
Physiotherapy and Acupuncture:
  • - Neck pain
  • - Back pain
  • - Tennis elbow
  • - Sciatica
  • - Frozen shoulder
  • - Osteoarthritic inflammatory stage
  • - Facial nerve paralysis
  • - Stroke rehabilitation

Many people believe that acupuncture can only be done by a traditional Chinese practitioner, but in fact in many western countries, such as the United States, Canada, Australia and parts of Europe have introduced acupuncture as a part of the treatment for patients. It has also become increasingly more common for Hong Kong's physical therapists to use acupuncture to treat patients. So one may ask, in what scenarios is it beneficial to use acupuncture?

First of all, many scientific studies have begun investigating the efficacy of acupuncture in treating painful syndromes such as frozen shoulder, osteoarthritis, low back pain, etc. and have found significant improvements in pain. World Health Organization (WHO) has also listed more than 40 kinds of syndromes/diseases that will benefit from acupuncture.
Secondly, the side effects caused by acupuncture are relatively small. Some medical treatment options, such as corticosteroid injections, do not permit any active treatment after it has been used. Meaning rehabilitation for soft tissue injuries or degeneration can’t begin as soon, slowing the speed to full functional recovery. Acupuncture however can be used in conjunction with other physiotherapy treatment modalities, allowing for a faster recovery.

All acupuncture registered physiotherapists are required to be accredited with a recognized post-graduate degree or have a certificate from the Hong Kong Society of Physiotherapy Acupuncture audit bureau. The acupuncture procedures and standards of hygiene requirements should reach Acupuncture Society requirements (Standard of Acupuncture Practice for Physiotherapists) and be subject to regulatory review by the Acupuncture Board.