Acupuncture, once perceived, as an ancient Eastern technique is now a mainstream core skill of most musculo-skeletal physiotherapists.
It can be used to enhance the body's own healing capabilities in the treatment of chronic grumbly injuries such as Achilles Tendinopathy or Tennis Elbow.
Acupuncture has been well studied and we use it within the framework of sound clinical and research evidence.
Usually acupuncture will form part of your treatment; it's a fantastic adjunct to use alongside an exercise programme or our other manual therapy techniques
We treat a whole variety of conditions with acupuncture.
It can be particularly effective when there is a lot of muscle tension for example;
Acupuncture can also help with sports injuries including;
Other conditions such as osteoarthritis or inflammatory arthritis appear to respond well with Acupuncture.
We use a combination of traditional Chinese points and modern techniques and point selection. We needle a lot of trigger points and find patients respond very well to this.
It depends. Some points you don't feel at all however trigger point needling can create a very strong sensation, in fact, we aim for this. In our experience, the more you feel it at the time, the better it works. It can be sore for a day or so after but usually once the treatment soreness settles, so has the injury pain.
But usually treatment will involve some hands-on treatment, and a specifically graded exercise programme, with the goal of getting you to return to what you love to do.
We think acupuncture has the ability to stimulate the body's self repair mechanisms. We also think that acupuncture reduces pain by altering pain processing and by stimulating the brain to release it's natural painkillers.
We are members of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. For more information on acupuncture it is worth visiting their site: www.aacp.uk.com
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