Acupuncture @ PhysioPlus+
What is acupuncture and why would it help me?
The use of acupuncture needling for the treatment of pain is supported by an ever-growing body of scientific evidence. It is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as the gold standard of treatment. The NICE guidelines state that acupuncture should be used as a cost-effective, short-term treatment for persistent, non-specific low back pain, OA knee pain and tension headaches. (source: NICE, 2009).
Acupuncture is a process of inserting thin needles at specific points to encourage natural healing, reduce or relieve pain, reduce inflammation and improve function of the body. Acupuncture is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an alternative to medications and is frequently combined with other treatments. It can be used as a stand-alone treatment or in conjunction with Manual Therapy or Physical Therapy practices
Conventional acupuncture involves the use of single-use, pre-sterilised disposable needles of varying widths, lengths and materials that pierce the skin at the acupuncture points. The physiotherapist will determine the locations of these points on the basis of an assessment of the cause of the imbalance. A number of needles may be used during each treatment, and these are typically left in position for between 20 and 30 minutes before being removed.
Trigger point acupuncture may also be used to facilitate relaxation in specific muscles following traumas, for longer-term unresolved muscle pain, or as a means of increasing muscle length in order to aid stretch and rehabilitation.
Following a detailed physiotherapy assessment, inserted needles can be coupled to the electrodes of an electroacupuncture machine. These units are designed to deliver variable amplitudes and frequencies of electrical impulses. Low-frequency electroacupuncture is intended to contribute to the mechanism of pain reduction, especially by stimulating chemicals in the brain that aid analgesia, relaxation and sleep. This technique is particularly useful in chronic pain problems and solid research to supports its use.
Why use an AACP member?
Chartered physiotherapists @ Physio Plus+ are bound by a strict professional and ethical code of practice. The Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) requires its members to keep up with a stated minimum number of hours of continuing professional development each year in order to remain on the register.
If you would like to book an appointment or if you are interested in finding out about acupuncture please feel free to email or call us on 02891 871 701