Acupuncture is one of the oldest recorded forms of medicine, having been used in China for over 3,000 years! There are several theories as to how the effects are produced - research has shown that acupuncture stimulates the brain to produce endorphins (natural pain relieving chemicals). These assist the body to heal itself and gain pain relief. There is now increasing scientific evidence to support the effects of acupuncture.
Common problems treated at the clinic by acupuncture are:
- Back and neck pain
- Nerve pains
- Sports injuries
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Muscle and ligament problems
- Joint pains
- Frozen shoulders
Plus many other problems!
Our physiotherapists trained in acupuncture are members of AACP (Acupuncture Association of Chartered Society Of Physiotherapy) and adhere to their policy and guidelines. AACP grants full membership only after the successful completion of 80 hours of training approved by the association. We also offer trigger point dry needling techniques. These are evidence-based techniques effective at releasing spasms and tight muscles.
Courses of treatment often involve up to 10 separate sessions, but this can vary. Latest research suggest that acupuncture works effectively when it is used with other modalities including exercises. The needles used are fine and are usually a few centimetres long. They should be single-use, pre-sterilised needles that are disposed of immediately after use. The needles may be inserted just under the skin, or deeper so they reach muscle tissue. Once the needles are in place, they may be left in position for a length of time lasting from a few minutes up to around 30 minutes.
You may feel a tingling or a dull ache when the needles are inserted but shouldn't experience any significant pain. If you do, let your practitioner know straight away. If you have a bleeding disorder, such as haemophilia, or are taking anticoagulants, talk to your GP before you have acupuncture. It's generally safe to have acupuncture when you're pregnant. However, let your acupuncture practitioner know if you're pregnant because certain acupuncture points can't be used safely during pregnancy.