What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient form of medicine having been used for over 3000 years in China. It has been demonstrated in scientific research that by inserting very fine needles in specific points of the body, the brain is stimulated to produce natural pain relieving chemicals, endorphins. These assist the body to heal itself and give pain relief. The traditional view is that Qi (energy) flows along energy channels running through the body. If the Qi is flowing freely, the body is in a healthy state. If there is a problem, energy stagnates. The stimulation of appropriate acupuncture points frees this stagnation.
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is a safe procedure when practised by someone with appropriate training. The needles used are sterile and disposed of after use.
Will it work for me?
Research has shown that most people gain some relief from pain with acupuncture. It does not work for everybody and every condition but, frequently, good results are achieved when more conventional medicine has failed. There is nothing spiritual about it and you don’t need to believe in acupuncture for it to work for you. The effects of acupuncture are cumulative, with pain relief building up as treatment progresses. Some people are particularly good responders while others may see little benefit until they have had a few treatments, this is more likely with a longstanding problem. Occasionally, the condition may become slightly worse at first. This is not bad sign as it usually means the condition will respond.
Why a physiotherapist?
There are several reasons why you should see a Chartered Physiotherapist if you think you want acupuncture;
- Chartered Physiotherapists work in close association with your GP and Consultant. They have a degree in Physiotherapy, before training for acupuncture at a post graduate level.
- Physiotherapists are in a unique position of being able to combine acupuncture with other natural treatment methods, such as exercise, manipulation and other techniques.
- Physiotherapists practising acupuncture are trained to specific standards which are set by the AACP (Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists) and have undertaken approved training plus annual update training for acupuncture to provide pain relief.
Conditions which may be helped by acupuncture:
- Back and neck injuries
- Muscle and joint problems
- Sports injuries
What should I expect?
- When you visit a Chartered Physiotherapist, you will be given a detailed examination. Based on the findings, your Physiotherapist will agree a treatment programme with you.
- We advise that you eat something before attending treatment as acupuncture can lower your blood sugar levels slightly. This can occasionally make patients feel a little light headed or tired after treatment.
- Acupuncture should be a relaxing treatment, please allow plenty of time to get to your appointment to avoid rushing.
Will it hurt?
- This is the most common question when needles are used. When the fine needles are inserted the sensation is usually like a pin prick, which should only give mild temporary discomfort. An aching sensation around the needle can be felt, but this is a good sign.
- Acupuncture is safe and virtually painless
- Acupuncture works naturally with little or no side effects
- Acupuncture stimulates the body to help itself
- Chartered Physiotherapists work closely with Doctors
- To compliment their wide range of treatment methods many Chartered Physiotherapists are now qualified to use acupuncture
- Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide range of conditions
- All Chartered Physiotherapists are bound by rules of professional conduct
- Sarah Pomeroy is registered with the AACP (The Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists) and also BMAS (British Medical Acupuncture Society).