Acupuncture helps to stimulate the body’s own healing chemicals in order to aid recovery and enhance rehabilitation.
Acupuncture is used as part of an integrated approach to pain and inflammation management. The body has the ability to self repair and Acupuncture helps to stimulate the body’s own healing chemicals in order to aid recovery and enhance rehabilitation.
Acupuncture has a background of sound research and evidence, as a means of enhancing pain modulation via the stimulation of the brain and spinal cord to produce natural pain relieving chemicals, such as endorphins; melatonin to promote sleep, serotonin to promote wellbeing.
What can Acupuncture treat?
- Pain conditions such as Osteoarthritis
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Muscle tightness and pain
- Sports injuries
- Anxiety and depression
Is Acupuncture safe?
Yes when it is delivered by a fully qualified professional. The needles used by PHP are sterile and disposed of after one use. Acupuncture is safe when practiced by a member of the AACP because of strict hygiene guidelines that must be adhered to and the training courses and educational updates that are required in order to stay on its membership.
Are there side effects to acupuncture ?
- Tend to be mild and short lived and include:
- Light headedness
- Locised bleeding
- Soreness or redness or mottling of the skin around the needle site
If you continue to feel tired after the treatment, it is recommended that you do not operate machinery or drive.
When coming for Acupuncture treatment
On your first visit we will need a signed consent and a detailed history to be taken before starting your treatment so the practitioner can develop a diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan that is specific to your needs.
Please bring a pair of shorts if you are having treatment on the lower limb.
What sort of acupuncture does PHP offer?
In the UK there are largely two types of professional groups that practice acupuncture. One group has studied acupuncture as part of three years of Chinese traditional medicine studies; the other will have completed three years of western medical studies (to become a doctor or a physiotherapist for example) and have learned about acupuncture as a post-graduate study, concentrated on and applicable to their western training. PHP offers both kinds.
The use of Acupuncture, enhances the body’s own repair mechanism and enables an improved recovery time. For Physiotherapists this is combined with other treatments such as exercise, muscle strengthening and rehabilitation to achieve more effective results.
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 the Acupuncture points, based upon the assessment of the cause of the imbalance. A number of needles may be used at each treatment and these are typically left in position for some 20-30 minutes before being removed.
Trigger Point Accupunture
Trigger point Acupuncture may also be used to facilitate relaxation in specific muscles following trauma such as whiplash injury; for longer term unresolved muscle pain such as repetitive strain injury (RSI) or as a means to obtain increased muscle length in order to aid stretch and rehabilitation such as sports injuries. Here the needle is placed into the affected muscle until it is felt to relax under the needle and then removed. Trigger point needling is often much quicker and therefore does not require the 20-30 minute treatment time.
Acupressure uses the Physiotherapist’s hands over Acupuncture or trigger points in order to relieve muscle tightness or to stimulate QI flow and balance the body. It is a healing art that uses the fingers of the Physiotherapist on the key Acupuncture points. The amount of pressure used varies according to the condition and requires trained, sensitive hands. It is often used with sensitive patients, patients with a needle phobia, children or frail patients.