Acupuncture is a holistic therapy that involves the insertion of very fine needles in to the soft tissues of the body and has a wide range of health benefits. At Portland Physiotherapy Clinic we use a westernized and research based approach, usually in combination with other treatment techniques to reduce pain, reduce muscular spasm / tension and promote general well-being. Research shows us that the insertion of the needles encourages the body to release natural pain relieving chemicals from the brain, that also promote relaxation of the muscle and assist healing processes in local tissues. Acupuncture is widely accepted to be of great benefit in treating conditions such as; headahces, whiplash associated disorder, muscle & joint pain, arthritis, Rheumatism and neck & Back Pain. If relevant, your therapist may suggest this as a possible solution to your pain or dysfunction and will be more than happy to answer any specific questions you have when you see them.