Acupuncture is now widely used in the treatment of various musculoskeletal conditions as an adjunct to traditional physiotherapy techniques such as exercises and manual therapy.
NICE guidelines recommend the use of acupuncture in the treatment of low back pain
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine used in the treatment of numerous conditions. It is based on the belief that throughout the body there is a type of energy called Qi (pronounced chee) which flows through specific channels called meridians. When there is a problem Qi cannot flow leading to pain thus by stimulating points along these meridians, the energy flow is restored and health is improved.
What does acupuncture involve?
Your physiotherapist will fully assess your condition and if it is felt that acupuncture would be beneficial, your physio will offer this to you. The process involves the use of very fine needles which are inserted into specific points along the meridians relating to your problem. Acupuncture should not be painful, but you may feel a mild ache, warmth or heavy feeling around the area being treated once the needles are in place, this is called De Qi. Your therapist may gently stimulate the needles during the treatment session. Commonly the needles will remain in place for up to 20mins.
What can it be used for?
Physiotherapists at Spire Leicester are fully qualified in the use of acupuncture for pain relief for musculoskeletal conditions, such as joint pain, muscle injury or back pain. There has been a significant increase of research into acupuncture over the last few years, and the results are showing an ever increasing positive outcome. NICE guidelines recommend the use of acupuncture in the treatment of low back pain.
How many treatments are needed?
The frequency of treatment will vary for each person but on average you will require between 6-10 sessions to achieve the best results.
Acupuncture – is it safe?
Acupuncture is considered to be a safe treatment technique and all techniques are performed using strict guidelines. The needles are sterilised and for single use only. Mild side effects may be experienced by some patients, your physiotherapist willl discuss this with you during your initial consultation.