Acupuncture can relieve your pain.
It can help you with tension-type headaches, the pain of osteoarthritis, non-specific low back pain, muscle spasm and some nerve conditions. You can enhance its effectiveness by having acupuncture in conjunction with physiotherapy. Techniques such as manual therapy, exercise and rehabilitation further promote recovery and improve your quality of life.
Approximately 70% of people gain relief from pain
How does acupuncture reduce pain?
Modern science has shown that acupuncture reduces pain by stimulating the brain and spinal cord to produce natural pain-relieving chemicals such as endorphins, melatonin (which promotes sleep) and serotonin (to promote well-being). These chemicals assist the body’s healing processes and offer pain relief as a precursor to other treatments such as manual therapy or exercise in order to aid recovery.
What does acupuncture involve?
There are over 500 acupuncture points on the body. Normally 10-12 fine needles are used during an acupuncture session. You may feel a tingling sensation when the needles are inserted, but it should not be painful.
Is acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture involves the use of single-use, pre-sterilised disposable needles of varying widths, lengths and materials that pierce the skin at the selected points.
Our Physiotherapists who practise acupuncture have received considerable postgraduate training and are bound by a strict professional and ethical codes of practice through The Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) and Health Professionals Council.
Does it hurt?
You will usually feel no more than a mild discomfort on insertion of a needle, as they are very thin.
Can I drive home afterwards?
Yes, you may like to sit for 15 minutes before you go.
Do I continue to take my tablets?
Yes – unless otherwise advised by your doctor.
How do I know it’s working?
Be patient. Acupuncture is not a “quick fix” and the effects can build up over several treatments.
How long do the benefits last for?
This varies enormously. Your physiotherapist can advise you.
Why have acupuncture with a physiotherapist?
Physiotherapists work as part of the multidisciplinary team including GPs and consultants and are bound by their professional Codes of Conduct and Practice. Physiotherapists are able to use acupuncture alongside other treatments to offer you a range of options to manage your condition successfully.