Our Physiotherapists are fully trained in the use of ‘Western Acupuncture’. The Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) explains:
‘’Acupuncture is one of the many skills employed within Physiotherapy as part of an integrated approach to the management of pain and inflammation. Physiotherapists base their treatment on scientific research and clinical evidence that acupuncture can reduce pain by stimulating the brain and spinal cord to produce natural pain relieving chemicals such as endorphins, melatonin (which promotes sleep) and serotonin (to promote wellbeing), to name but a few. These chemicals assist the body’s healing processes and offer relief as a precursor to other treatments such as manual therapy or exercise in order to aid recovery.’’
Full accredited membership of the AACP is granted only on evidence that a Physiotherapist has completed at least 300 hours of theoretical and practical training and assessments on courses approved by the association. All members have to give evidence of 10 hours continuing professional development every 2 years in order to maintain their membership status. All AACP members are covered by comprehensive professional liability insurance.
Some people may experience mild, short lived side effects such as:
- pain or itching where the needle was inserted
- a very small amount of bleeding or bruising when the needle is removed
- drowsy, tired feeling or nausea
- dizziness/feeling faint
- brief worsening of existing symptoms.
Acupuncture can be used safely during pregnancy but it is essential you tell your Physiotherapist that you are pregnant as some acupuncture points cannot be used safely during pregnancy.