Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine having been used for 3,000 years in China.
The traditional Chinese view is that stimulation of acupuncture points allows energy to flow freely around the body and relieve the stagnation arising when there is a problem.
More recent research shows it to stimulate the brain to produce pain-relieving endorphins to allow the body to heal itself. There are no side-effects with acupuncture.
Chartered Physiotherapists undergo acupuncture training at postgraduate level, and use it as part of a total treatment plan following a full assessment and evaluation.
While not all patients will respond to acupuncture, it has been shown to work in 70% of cases. It can help relieve joint, muscular and nerve pain, acute sports injuries, headaches, breathing, stomach and women’s health problems.