What is Pilates?

The Pilates method is a low impact form of body conditioning, originally developed in the early 20th Century by Joseph Pilates. It wasn’t until the early 90’s that Pilates as a system of exercise started to make a resurgence when links were suggested that it may fit in the wave of spinal research that was coming from Australia at the time. With an emphasis on strength, flexibility and control, Pilates has become a very popular means of improving core stability. It is a very effective way to condition the body while improving function and preventing both injury and pain. It can be modified to suit people from all walks of life, meaning that anyone from seniors to professional athletes can practice pilates and reap the benefits. The main emphasis is on core stability, which refers to strength, control and flexibility in the region bounded by the abdomen, pelvis, low back and diaphragm. Good function and balance in this area is a foundation for excellent movement.

In our practice, dry needling is always performed in conjunction with other techniques to produce lasting results. The evidence base for the use of dry needling across various areas of physiotherapy has increased substantially. Conditions include:

  • acute and chronic back pain

  • acute and chronic neck pain
  • whiplash
  • tension type and migraine headaches
  • pelvic girdle pain
  • knee osteoarthritis
  • lateral elbow pain
  • shoulder conditions
  • fibromyalgia

What is Medical Acupuncture?

Many people are familiar with the use of acupuncture which has been used for over 2000 years in a traditional Chinese sense. Traditional acupuncture aims to change body functions & pain through needling the bodies meridians, which are the Chinese medicine energy channels for chi or qi to flow (life energy). These meridians are points on or just under the skin that are either ying or yang energy. The western medical acupuncture is an adaptation of traditional Chinese acupuncture as it uses anatomy, physiology, pathology and evidence based medicine in its application. Some of our Chartered Physiotherapists have completed post graduate training in the use of acupuncture for musculoskeletal conditions taking a ‘western medicine’ approach. They have trained with the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in the United Kingdom. Our Chartered Physiotherapists commonly use medical acupuncture to treat musculoskeletal pain.

What’s the difference between acupuncture & dry needling?

The use of an acupuncture needle aims to stimulate the necessary points to balance the flow of ying & yang energy. Although dry needling uses acupuncture needles it differs to traditional acupuncture. Dry needling follow evidence based guidelines and recommended ‘point’ location. Both acupuncture and dry needling offers a safe, natural and effective treatment for many injuries and conditions.