Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with physiotherapy for all types of conditions, including Back Pain, Sciatica, Tennis Elbow, Frozen Shoulder.

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 and can be very effective on both acute and chronic conditions.

How can acupuncture help?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest recorded forms of medicine having been used in China for over 3,000 years. In recent years acupuncture has become more popular in the West and is used within Physiotherapy as a form of pain relief.

Many patients report a reduction in pain and improved general well-being with acupuncture.

If your physiotherapist believes it will help to improve the effectiveness of your overall treatment. Your treatment will consist of the insertion of fine needles into various sites on the body, dependent on your issues.

Benefits of acupuncture

  • Natural anti-inflammatory and painkillers

  • Relaxation of tight muscles and trigger points

  • Release of hormones that promote relaxation and stress reduction

  • Stimulation of certain nerves that prevent pain signals being transmitted to the brain


Acupuncture and Physiotherapy

A number of our Physiotherapist’s have gained additional qualifications in Acupuncture and often use it alongside Physiotherapy, particularly in the treatment of inflammatory joint conditions.

Physiotherapists are in a unique position of being able to combine acupuncture with other treatment methods such as exercises, manipulation and stretching. This combined approach is more likely to lead to successful rehabilitation

Is acupuncture safe?

Physiotherapists using acupuncture at Anatomie are registered with the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists and have therefore had recognisable training.  There are only a few cases in which Acupuncture should not be used. Your Physiotherapist will run through a few safety questions before performing the treatment.  All needles are sterile, pre-packed and disposable so there is no risk of infection.

Will it hurt?

You will usually feel no more than a mild discomfort on insertion of a needle, as they are very thin.  Call or email for advice to see if acupuncture can help your particular problem.

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