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 endorphins assist the body to heal itself and gain pain relief. There is now increasing scientific evidence to support the effects of acupuncture.
Is Acupuncture safe?
Yes. All our physiotherapists are members of the AACP (Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherpists). Members are rigorously trained to maintain the strictest hygiene levels and will only use pre-sterilised, disposable needles. All of our therapists are also trained to a post-graduate level, to give pain relief.
Will it work?
Research has shown that 70% of people will gain a significant amount of relief from pain through acupuncture. The effects of acupuncture are cumulative, with a build of effects as treatment progresses.
What should a patient expect?
Chartered Physiotherapists assess using a detailed examination and plan a treatment programme with their patients. When acupuncture is used, it may be combined with a range of other treatments. Most private health insurance schemes will cover the costs of Acupuncture carried out by Chartered Physiotherapists (check our prices page for more details).
Will it hurt?
Unsurprisingly, this is the most common question asked by patients when needles are used. When inserted the fine needles give rise to a sensation which should only be a temporary mild discomfort at the most. At times a more intense sensation is experienced. This is thought to be a positive indicator of the movement of energy at the acupuncture point, and is nothing to worry about.
Common problems treated at the clinic by acupuncture include:
- back and neck pain
- nerve pain
- sports injuries
- repetitive strain injury
- muscle and ligament problems
- joint pains
- frozen shoulder