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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be traced back as far as 1000BC and is a concept where needles inserted into the body are used to balance & move levels of ‘Qi’ (energy life force pronounced Chi) within the body. This energy flows along recognised channels or meridians. An imbalance in Qi is thought to lead to pain, disability or disease. Needles inserted at specific points along the meridians helps to restore a healthy flow of energy in the body.

Western Accupuncture has developed these ideas and techniques, particularly for the management of pain. Recent scientific research has shown that acupuncture stimulates the brain to produce natural pain relieving chemicals (endorphins) & supports its use in this way for many conditions.



Acupuncture does not work for everybody or for every condition, but good results are frequently achieved when more conventional fields have been tried and failed. No two people are the same and as with all our treatments, patients are assessed & treated individually to ensure we get the best results for each & every case.


Normally between 2-16 sterile, single use, disposable needles are used and are commonly left in place for 10-30 minutes. These are much finer than injection needles and are quickly inserted through the skin - it should not be painful. Needles may be inserted around the painful area, away from it (hands or feet), or on the opposite side of the body.

You may feel a mild ache, numbness, warm or a heavy sensation (‘De Qi’) once the needles are in place - this should not be unpleasant and is a sign that the bodys inbuilt pain relieving mechanisms are being stimulated.

Research suggests that for a longstanding condition such as low back pain a course of 6-8 treatments are required to achieve the best results. However, your physiotherapist will discuss your individual management plan so that it is tailor-made to you & your condition.


As members of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) we are required to to train to a minimum standard & are bound by professional codes of conduct through the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and Health Profession Council (HPC).

Acupuncture is safer than many of the drug treatments used however, any procedure that involves inserting needles into the body has some potential ‘side effects’.  There are only a few instances where acupuncture should not be used. These will be discussed & explained to you by your physiotherapist.

If you'd like to find out more about Acupuncture or arrange an appointment with one of our Physiotherapists, call today on 01706 522 922 or 01204 88 8788 or contact us.


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