Acupuncture at Leicester Forest East Physiotherapy Clinic
Treatment is administered by Chartered Physiotherapists, who are in a unique position of being able to use acupuncture on its own or in combination with other treatment methods such as manual therapy, massage, exercise therapy and electrotherapy. Research has shown that this combined approach is more likely to lead to successful rehabilitation and is now widely accepted within the NHS and private practice.
An initial visit will include an assessment and short treatment. The therapist will then recommend a course of treatment as deemed appropriate. Goals of treatment and expected outcomes will be explained, and consent will always be gained before treatment is administered.
Acupuncture at Leicester Forest East Physiotherapy Clinic is based on Western Medical Acupuncture principles which may use traditional Chinese meridians, specific muscular “trigger” points or points in the ear.
What are the benefits of Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is most commonly used to treat musculo-skeletal pain, e.g. back, neck, shoulder, knee, elbow, trapped nerves, muscle strains, sports injuries, headaches, migraines and various arthritic and rheumatic pains.
Acupuncture can also help to relieve symptoms of stress and general pain, have anti-inflammatory effects, reduce muscle spasms, improve sleep patterns, lessen the symptoms of menopause and assist general well-being.
What to expect.
Treatment will consist of the insertion of fine needles for a period of 10 to 30 minutes. These are sterile and disposable, ensuring strict hygiene practice. The frequency and duration of treatment depends upon the nature of the condition and the length of time that the patient has suffered from it.
Depending upon the needle point used you may experience no sensation, a pin-prick feeling, a muscle twitch or a mild ache whilst the needle is in place. The therapist may occasionally turn the needle to enhance the effects.
How does it work?
Modern science has shown that the use of fine needles, inserted into specific points of the body, stimulate the brain to release natural pain relieving chemicals (endorphin and serotonin) into the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain. Acupuncture also gives pain relief by modifying the way that pain messages are received and transmitted by the body’s nerve system.
For further information on acupuncture and the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP): https://www.aacp.org.uk