All Physiotherapists using acupuncture at Premier Therapy are registered with the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists and have therefore had recognisable training
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been used by the Chinese for many years to treat a great variety of problems. In recent years acupuncture has become more popular in the West and is used within Physiotherapy as a form of pain relief. It can be very effective on both acute and chronic conditions due to its effect of stimulating endogenous opoids (the natural pain killers) and other neurotransmitters such as seratonin (the "happy hormone") produced within the body.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
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.
The needles are disposable, pre-sterilised and individually packaged. These are often supplied in guide-tubes for easy insertion, which means that there is no risk of anything touching the needle during the process.
What does the treatment involve?
Your Physiotherapist will use sterile, single use needles. The needles are fine (a lot finer than an injection needle) and they are inserted quickly through the skin and into the tissues. Acupuncture needling should not be painful although some people do report experience a pinprick or scratch like sensation.
Once the needles are in place you may feel a mild ache, numbness, warm or heavy sensation at and around the needle. This should not be unpleasant. This is referred to as 'De Qi' and is a sign that the body’s inbuilt pain relieving mechanisms are being stimulated. Once the needles are in place your physiotherapist may gently stimulate the needle until you experience the De Qi. This may be repeated again throughout the treatment