Acupuncture and Dry Needling

March 2, 2017

Acupuncture and Dry needling
What Is Acupuncture & Dry Needling?

Acupuncture and dry needling are somewhat similar, as both methods use needles to relieve pain and restore normal muscle function. However, they are different forms of treatment. Let us guide you and offer advice as to which method is most appropriate for your individual condition. It is common practice to combine acupuncture and dry needling (if indicated) along with conventional physiotherapy. Acupuncture is performed by our skilled physiotherapists who have completed their training with the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapist.

Acupuncture is one of the many skills employed within physiotherapy as part of an integrated approach to treat pain and inflammation. Physiotherapists base their treatments on scientific research and clinical evidence that Acupuncture can reduce pain. There is an increasing number of research publications in the UK and worldwide proving the treatment effectiveness of acupuncture when compared to (chemical) medication for example.

Acupuncture can help many conditions such as:

1) Migraines.
2) Whiplash.
3) Acute or chronic neck pain.
4) Acute or chronic back pain (upper and lower).
5) Shoulder pain e.g rotator cuff, frozen shoulder etc.
6) Elbow pain such as tennis or golfers elbow.
7) Hip, knee or ankle pain and conditions.
8) Osteoarthritis.

and many more conditions!!!

If your injury or condition is not listed please contact us to see if you are suitable for acupuncture and dry needling.

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Is Acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is a very safe procedure when carried out by fully qualified professionals. Your AACP physiotherapist is qualified to deliver this therapy and has undergone a recognised accredited training course in acupuncture. The needles used by your physiotherapist are sterile and disposed of after one use. Acupuncture is safe when practised by a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) because of the strict hygiene guidelines that must be adhered to, and the training courses and educational updates that are required in order to stay on the membership register.

Ask around, most people don’t find it painful and can hardly even feel the needle being inserted through the skin. Depending on your condition and the needle chosen to treat it, you may feel a brief dull muscle ache or twitch reflex from the needle reaching the muscle.

Don’t worry though, these sensation only last a few seconds and are a positive reaction signalling that the treatment is working and it means that you will get good relief from your symptoms. Because of the extreme slenderness of the needle, most people compare the sensations to a mild to moderate heaviness or tingling.

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Can anyone have acupuncture?

There are certain health conditions that may stop you receiving acupuncture or mean that the treatment should be used with caution. It is important to let your physiotherapist know:

• If you have ever experienced a fit, seizure, faint or if you have epilepsy;
• If you have a pacemaker or any other electrical implant;
• If you have a bleeding disorder e.g. haemophilia;
• If you are taking anti-coagulants or any other medication;
• If you have damage to heart valves, or have any risk of active infections;
• If you are pregnant or trying to conceive;
• If you have a known metal allergy – specifically to stainless steel;
• If you have a needle phobia;
• If you have a known infection or poor skin condition in the area to be treated;
• If you have a deficient or weakened immune system;
• If you have diabetes;
• If you have low blood pressure;
• If you have been prescribed any medicine;
• If you have cold/flu symptoms or feel generally unwell.