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Acupuncture has been practised for thousands of years and an increasing number of people are finding that this long-established therapy can offer an effective solution to their problems
At Spire Fylde Coast Hospital we have a team of physiotherapists who use acupuncture to treat conditions including back pain, sports injuries, headaches and osteoarthritis
Our services include:
- a consultation with a physiotherapist, who has trained in acupuncture
- rapid assessment, diagnosis and treatment
- private consultation rooms and personalised care
- no waiting lists
- no GP referral required
- treatment for all, insured or not
Acupuncture works by stimulating the brain and spinal cord to produce natural chemicals in the body. These chemicals include endorphins to relieve pain, melatonin to encourage sleep, and serotonin to enhance feelings of well-being, therefore assisting the body's natural healing process. Quality research supports the effectiveness of acupuncture, particularly in the management of pain, and its effectiveness in the treatment of low back pain, neck pain, headaches, and knee osteoarthritis.
When is treatment with acupuncture appropriate?
Acupuncture may be suggested when your physiotherapist believes it may be the most effective treatment for your condition, or that it might help to improve the effectiveness of your overall treatment. Therefore, acupuncture may be used as a stand alone treatment, or it may be offered in conjunction with other physiotherapy treatments to help achieve the best result for you as an individual.
What conditions is acupuncture used to treat?
- back pain (acute or chronic)
- sports injuries
- soft tissue injuries
- headaches, including migraine
- rheumatoid arthritis
- chronic fatigue syndrome
Does acupuncture work?
Yes, acupuncture can work. Success generally depends on a number of factors, which include:
- a person's general health
- the condition, the severity and the duration of the condition
- the individual
What does acupuncture treatment involve?
Your physiotherapist will use sterile, single use needles. The needles are fine (a lot finer than an injection needle). They are tapped gently through the skin and into the underlying tissue. Acupuncture needling is not usually painful however, some people report a pinprick or scratch like sensation.
Once the needles are in place you may feel a mild ache, numbness, warm, or heavy sensation in and around the needle. This is a sign that the body's inbuilt pain relieving mechanisms are being stimulated. During treatment your physiotherapist may gently stimulate the needles. Patients may experience a pleasant relaxed feeling, and on occasion may also feel drowsy during treatment.
How many needles will be used?
Normally between 2-16 needles are used, and these can be left in position for as little as one to two minutes. More commonly needles will be in place for 30 minutes.
How many treatments are required?
Research suggests that for a longstanding condition such as low back pain, a course of 6-10 treatments is required to achieve the best results. The number of acupuncture treatments will vary depending on the condition being treated and how the individual responds. Each treatment will be tailored to suit the individual and their condition.
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is very safe and serious complications are rare. All physiotherapists providing acupuncture at Spire Fylde Coast Hospital are members of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP). This means that they are bound by professional codes of conduct.
Our physiotherapy and acupuncture service is open to all, for further information please contact the Physiotherapy Department on 01253 308 066.