Medical Acupuncture by Louise Doherty
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 treatments 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 well-being), to name but a few. These chemicals assist the body's healing processes and offer pain relief as a precursor to other treatments such as manual therapy or exercise in order to aid recovery.
What does acupuncture involve?
Acupuncture involves the use of single-use, pre-sterilised disposable needles of varying widths and lengths that pierce the skin at the acupuncture points. The physiotherapist will determine the locations of these points on the basis of an assessment of the cause of the imbalance. A number of needles may be used during each treatment, and these are typically left in position for between 15 and 20 minutes before being removed.
Trigger point acupuncture may also be used to facilitate relaxation in specific muscles following traumas, for longer-term unresolved muscle pain, or as a means of increasing muscle length in order to aid stretch and rehabilitation. In the latter case, the needle is inserted into the affected muscle until the tissue is felt to relax under the needle, which is then removed. Trigger point needling often produces an effect much more quickly, and therefore, does not require the 15-20 minute treatment time.
Why use an AACP approved Physiotherapist?
Chartered physiotherapists are bound by a strict professional and ethical code of practice. The Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) requires its members to undergo a minimum of 80 hours of acupuncture training. Members of AACP are required to keep up with a stated minimum number of hours of continuing professional development each year in order to remain on the register.
Can Acupuncture help me?
Scientific research has examined the effectiveness of acupuncture for various conditions. In recent years large studies have begun to emerge which have helped to support the benefits of acupuncture treatment. For example it is accepted that acupuncture can help tension-type headaches and pain of osteoarthritis, for example osteoarthritis of the knee, especially when it is used in conjunction with other treatments such as physiotherapy.
Acupuncture combined with physiotherapy is widely accepted within both the National Health Service (NHS) and private practice. This is evident in the recommendation by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) that acupuncture should be available as a cost-effective short-term treatment for persistent non-specific low back pain (source: NICE 2009).
Louise qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2001; she has been practicing acupuncture since 2006, and is a fully certified member of the AACP.
Louise Doherty practises Physiotherapy with Medical Acupuncture at the Haelan Clinic on weekdays.
To book an appointment
Please contact Louise on 07964 354 854
For more information about how physiotherapy can help you email firstname.lastname@example.org,. Or see Louise's website at www.ldphysiopilates.co.uk
Please note that 24 hours notice is required for cancellations or a fee may be charged.
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