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Acupuncture

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the oldest recorded forms of medicine, having been used for over 3,000 years in China. We do not know fully how it produces its effects, but there are several theories on how it works. The important thing is that it does work, and any side effects are extremely rare.

Modern science has shown that acupuncture stimulates the brain to produce natural pain relieving chemicals, endorphins. These assist the body to heal itself and give pain relief. The traditional view is that there are energy meridians running throughout the body. When our bodies are healthy, there is plenty of energy and it flows smoothly. However if we fall ill, the energy flow is disrupted. Needles are inserted into the body within these meridians as a means of restoring the balance, and promoting the bodies own natural healing properties.

Increasingly Physiotherapists are using acupuncture as an adjunct to manual treatments, and there is good evidence for its effectiveness.

Many conditions may be helped by acupuncture including;

  • Acute or chronic injuries
  • Muscle & joint problems
  • Back & neck pain
  • Arthritis & rheumatism
  • Sports injuries
  • Headaches & many more

There are several reasons why you should see a chartered Physiotherapist if you think you want acupuncture;

  • Chartered Physiotherapists work in close association with GP’s & consultants.
  • All have undergone extensive professional qualifications prior to training for acupuncture at a post-graduate level 
  • Chartered Physiotherapists who wish to practise acupuncture have to become members of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP), which ensures all clinicians are qualified to practise safe & effective treatment, bound by strict professional & ethical codes of good conduct.

“Acupuncture is viewed by physiotherapists as a complementary rather than an alternative therapy” 

My therapist explainned everything in clear understandable language. All exercises I had to do were well explainned and worked!

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My therapist explainned all the joints / muscles that were affected and why certain movements could trigger them. All exercises I had to do were well explainned and worked!

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Mrs S N of Welham Green