Acupuncture has been used by the Chinese for over 3000 years. Chartered Physiotherapists undertake post graduate training in acupuncture to be able to treat patients with musculoskeletal conditions.
All our Physiotherapists have extensive experience in acupuncture and are registered with the local Authorities.
Acupuncture is used to relieve pain and may be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments such as mobilisation, stretching or excercises.
The effects of acupuncture normally build up with consecutive treatments, a course of treatment is usually required.
Q. How does Acupuncture work?
A. Traitional Chinese theory is that energy or "CHI" flow through the body via channels called meridians.
When there is pain or a problem the flow slows or stops. Acupuncture to points along the meridian restores the flow of energy, reducing symptoms.
Science has shown that acupuncture stimulates the brain to produce endorphins and encephalins the chemical pain killers of the body. It also increases adrenalin levels and can reduce muscle spasm.
Q. Does acupuncture hurt?
A. Sometimes you will feel a pin prick, and maybe an ache around the needle site. Some sites are not painful. Overall it should not be a painful, unpleasant procedure.
Q. Are the needles sterile?
A. All needles are single use and sterile.
Q. How many needles are used?
A. This varies according to your condition. Your therapist will advise you of this at your treatment.
Q. How long does the treatment last?
A. Treatment sessions last up to half an hour. 20 minutes is optimal.