Western Medical Acupuncture
- Member of Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists
- Treatment of muscular disorders
- Effective for treating headaches & migraines
- Blended with physio, chiropractic and osteopathy
- 8am - 8pm, weekend appointments available
What is acupuncture?
Western medical acupuncture is based upon traditional Chinese medicine theory, first documented in 1000BC, to stimulate the bodies natural ability to ‘right’ itself. It is the use of acupuncture following a medical diagnosis. It involves stimulating sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles.
Acupuncture has been shown to naturally activate specific neurochemistry within the brain and spinal cord to improve pain modulation and assist the natural healing processes that enhance recovery. This results in the body producing natural substances, such as pain-relieving endorphins. It's likely that these naturally released substances are responsible for the beneficial effects experienced with acupuncture.
It is used in many NHS practices, as well as in most pain clinics and hospices in the UK.
Uses of acupuncture
Acupuncture is used to treat pain, inflammation and other symptoms caused by muscular disorders.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends considering acupuncture as a treatment option for:
It is also commonly used to treat:
- Frozen shoulder
- Tennis elbow
It's generally safe to have acupuncture when you're pregnant. However, let your acupuncture practitioner know if you're pregnant because certain acupuncture points cannot be used safely during pregnancy.
Acupuncture is used within physiotherapy following strict adherence to modern clinical research and evidence that is continually updated, and is usually used as an adjunct to exercise and guided rehabilitation. Acupuncture does not just address pain but can help sporting injuries by adding length and stretch to tight and painful muscles, which can further facilitate fitness and rehabilitation goals.