I trained in Western acupuncture 15 years ago, and use this to complement my manual Physiotherapy skills, especially to aid acute and chronic pain sufferers.
I have taken additional training courses in Acupuncture during Pregnancy, to aid many of the common pregnancy complaints such as heartburn, nausea, circulatory issues and help to ensure a smooth birth.
I also specialise in Acupuncture for Headaches and facial pain.
I am registered with the AACP, (Acupuncture Association for Chartered Physiotherapists), so it is still safe to have acupuncture if you are a blood donor as we follow specific safety guidelines.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the many skills used within physiotherapy as an integrated approach to the management of pain and inflammation and as a means of stimulating the body’s own healing chemicals in order to aid recovery and enhance rehabilitation.
Conventional acupuncture involves the insertion of single use, pre-sterilised, disposable needles into the skin at the Acupuncture points. The Physiotherapist will determine the locations of the Acupuncture points, based upon the assessment of the cause of the imbalance. A number of needles may be used at each treatment and these are typically left in position for some 20-30 minutes before being removed.
Trigger point Acupuncture may also be used to facilitate relaxation in specific muscles following trauma such as whiplash injury; for longer term unresolving muscle pain such as repetitive strain injury (RSI) or as a means to obtain increased muscle length in order to aid stretch and rehabilitation such as sports injuries . Here the needle is placed into the affected muscle until it is felt to relax under the needle and then removed.
Research has shown the acupuncture can be very effective in the treatment and management of pain.
I specialise in using acupuncture to treat chronic back pain and sports injuries.