Difference: Acupuncture And Physiotherapy In Singapore


Submitted by: Michelle Kwong

Let us start with the definition of 2 method of treatment: Acupuncture and Physiotherapy.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a type of alternative with eastern traditional medicine which is carried out by invasive penetration and manipulation of needles poked into the body, done mostly by Chinese Sinseh or practitioner.

What is Physiotherapy?

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Physiotherapy is an allied healthcare profession expertise in human body that treats individuals based on a clinical diagnosis. A physiotherapist considers every patient as a different entity, evaluates the patient, makes a structural and biomechanical diagnosis and then corrects the dysfunction with the help of non-invasive treatments such as using hands to perform manual joint mobilization or manipulation, pain relief therapy, training to walk and therapeutic exercises.

What other conditions are treated by the Physiotherapist?

A physiotherapist is also involved in prescribing exercise programmes for the professional athletes and sportsmen who suffered from a sports injury. Planning for rehabilitation and optimize training performance, and fast return to sports. Besides sports physiotherapy, the physiotherapist also carries out exercise testing and prescription for people with medical conditions such as heart and lung problem, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis. A therapist plays a very important role for after surgery, such as heart operation, total knee replacement, total hip replacement, ligament reconstruction, and neurosurgery. The patient is rehabilitated slowly through the different stages of activities, so as to bring him to a level where he can perform his activities of daily living, back to sports or work.

In neurological conditions like stroke, parkinson s disease, multiple sclerosis, Guilian Barre Syndrome, the physiotherapist plays a very important role rehabilitating the patient so that he can be less dependent at least in his activities of daily living such as getting up from bed, sitting, bathing, eating. Without physiotherapy treatment these patients would most probably never, regain function to their maximum performance.

A physiotherapist can also help in the hospital intensive care unit (ICU) to prevent secondary complications by chest physiotherapy, change of position, breathing exercises and mobility exercises to prevent muscle stiffness or contractures. Eventually, bringing the patient back to walking out strongly out of the hospital.

In contrast to this an acupuncturist works on only one theory that bodily functions are all regulated by the flow of an energy like entity called qi, and acupuncture helps to correct the flow of qi by stimulation of acupuncture points which lie under the skin. These points are generally joined by what are called meridians. Scientific research has failed to find any correlate between qi, meridian and acupuncture points. Though the acupuncturists believe that by balancing the flow of qi they can treat all diseases, there is very little scientific evidence to prove that there is any beneficial effect of acupuncture on any disease other than maybe neck pain and nausea. Even research proving beneficial effects on these disorders seem to be biased. However, some people still do feel better with acupuncture.

Physiotherapy is in sharp contrast to acupuncture, where evidence is concerned. Every treatment is evidence based. There is strong scientific evidence which has time and again proven the beneficial effects of physiotherapy, in the treatment of various conditions.

There are clinical physiotherapist who are actively involved in research and clinicians who depend on this research to treat their patients with a logical and scientifically explainable mode of treatment.

Find a physiotherapist in Singapore (Http://www.physioclinic.sg)

About the Author: Michelle Kwong

Physiotherapist in SingaporePhysioclinic – Singapore Physiotherapy Clinic

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