Acupuncture has been used for over 3000 years - as far back as 1000BC.
Acupuncture is one of the many skills used within physiotherapy for the management of pain and inflammation and to stimulate the body’s own healing chemicals in order to aid recovery. Acupuncture stimulates the brain and spinal cord to produce NATURAL pain relieving chemicals (endorphins), melatonin to promote sleep and serotonin to promote well-being.
A physiotherapy assessment is carried out to determine the source of the imbalance and the correct acupuncture points required to help the body return to a state of health both physically and mentally. This allows other physiotherapy treatments such as exercise, muscle strengthening and rehabilitation to achieve more effective results.
Acupuncture is a very safe procedure and Anne has a Diploma in Traditional Chinese acupuncture and is an advanced member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP).
Wendy is an Acupuncturist and Specialist Rheumatology Physiotherapist with extensive experience of over 30 years working with patients with in Rheumatology conditions. Wendy is a chartered physiotherapist (MSCP) and is also an advanced member of Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP).
The needles we use are pre-sterilised, disposable needles and these are usually left in place for 20-30 minutes. Acupuncture needles are the same width as human hair and so does not feel the same as having an injection.
Conditions we treat include
- Post-operative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting
- Post-operative dental pain
- Headaches and migraine
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Insomnia (inability to sleep)
- Stress and anxiety
- Myofascial pain
- Neck and low back pain
- Tennis elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sports injuries
- Addiction (eg smoking cessation)
How many sessions will I have?
The overall number of treatment sessions required will depend on you, your condition and your physiotherapist’s assessment. Most patients receive a course of 4-6 treatments although just one or two treatments may be enough. Sometimes 1 or 2 ‘top up’ treatments are required. Treatments are normally given at 1-2 weekly intervals.
The effects of acupuncture treatments are cumulative: different people respond in different ways and at different rates. Some people may feel an immediate relief of their symptoms whilst others may only see a gradual improvement after a few treatments. Some people may find that their condition/symptoms flare up for up to 24 hours after the treatment but then see a marked improvement.
Although acupuncture can help reduce pain, particularly when other more conventional treatments have failed, it does not work for everyone.
How to Book a Session
To book a session with Wendy Chaloner or Anne Richardson, please contact us.
Cancellation of a Session
Please try to give 24 hours notice if you are unable to attend any appointment. Failure to do so may result in appointments being billed directly to yourself unless we are able to fill your vacancy. Discretion may be exercised on a case by case basis. We strive to provide a quality service within a relaxed and caring atmosphere. If however you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.