Several of our Physiotherapists are qualified to provide acupuncture as part of you treatment programme. Acupuncture is often added to treatments to help with pain relief or to settle muscle spasm. It can be used alongside other physiotherapy modalities such as exercise, joint mobilisation, stretches and soft tissue work. Your physiotherapist will tailor your acupuncture treatment to suit you and your condition. Combining acupuncture with physiotherapy is widely accepted.
All physiotherapists using acupuncture are bound by rules of professional conduct. They are required to train to a recognised minimum standard and adhere to the mandatory number of hours of continuing professional development.
All of our physiotherapist who use acupuncture are members of AACP (Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists)and some of the information given here is taken from AACP literature.
There are some patients and some conditions where the use of acupuncture would not be advised and your physiotherapist will assess you carefully before discussing acupuncture as an option for you in treatment.
3 situations where acupuncture should not be used are:
- If the patient has a needle phobia
- If the patient has a known infection in the area to be treated
- If the patients has a known metal allergy (stainless steel)
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin, sterile, single-use needles into the skin and soft tissues. Acupuncture should not be painful but patients are often aware of a mild ache, or heavy sensation around the area treated. The needles are sometimes gently stimulated to enhance the effect of the needles.
If you require any further information please phone and ask to speak to one of our acupuncture trained physiotherapists.