Our physiotherapist Richard is qualified and very experienced in acupuncture. It can be extremely beneficial for musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, shoulder stiffness and knee pain especially when used side by side with more traditional physiotherapy treatments.
What to expect?
Acupuncture needles are so fine that most people don’t feel them being inserted. It is normal to feel a mild tingle or dull ache when the needles are adjusted during the treatment. This needs to be done as it enhances the body’s response. Occasionally a small bruise can appear at the needle site and while most people feel deeply relaxed during and after a session, some people can feel slightly dizzy or tired. Acupuncture is totally safe and has even been recommended for use in Back pain by the NHS NICE guidelines. For more information on the safety of acupuncture see the British Acupuncture Society website.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an alternative form of therapy most commonly used for painful conditions and the relief of nerve symptoms such as carpel tunnel and sciatica. Thin, single use, sterile needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points to stimulate the nerves under the skin and in muscle tissue to trigger the bodies healing response. Richard our skilled physiotherapist has trained in the use of acupuncture and finds that is extremely beneficial in treating a range of painful muscular and neurological problems.
While he often uses acupuncture alone for many conditions, he has also developed a unique type of session we have called Acu-phys. This combines traditional physiotherapy techniques with targeted acupuncture points to enhance the treatment effect. Many clients find that this dual therapy extends the length of time between appointments and speeds up the healing process.