Acupuncture is a form of treatment that is now used more widely in the UK by physiotherapists. The Acupuncture Association is governed by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and its rules of professional conduct and each member is therefore qualified to carry treatments.

Acupuncture is commonly used as an adjunct to normal physiotherapy and is used predominantly for pain relief in acute and chronic conditions such as low back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis of the knee, tennis elbow and frozen shoulder. There may also be a sense of well-being and help with sleep disturbances. Acupuncture works by affecting nerve endings to and from the spinal cord and brain by producing chemical reactions that modify pain.

Any person coming to the clinic is assessed in terms of pain and movement looking for joint and/or soft tissue restrictions; they will be asked specific questions to eliminate any contraindications to treatment. Needles are then chosen relating to the findings and these may be close to the area of pain but could be further away and could be, for example, in the lower limb for an upper limb pain. This will be explained at the time.

The Clinic’s needles are spring loaded and are disposable coming in individual packaging. The patient is made comfortable and warm before the needles are placed in the appropriate areas.

For the first appointment the needles might only be left in for ten minutes as a trial to assess patient response, but on further treatments the timing can be increased up to thirty minutes in stages if considered to be appropriate. The Clinic allows extra time for acupuncture as some people may feel sleepy and relaxed after treatment.

There are three physiotherapists at the Clinic who currently practice acupuncture as part of their physiotherapy treatments as and when considered suitable.