Acupuncture

Medical research has proven the effectiveness of acupuncture for its remedial effects in treating certain musculoskeletal conditions. As we believe in an integrated approach to client care, our physiotherapists are qualified in acupuncture treatment. We offer acupuncture to aid your recovery where it is deemed appropriate.

A key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for over two thousand years, acupuncture has been used in Western Medicine since the 1970's. Acupuncture involves the shallow insertion of fine stainless steel needles into the skin, in order to stimulate muscles and nerves, and is used to treat a wide range of common health complaints and to relieve pain.

Recent clinical evidence continues to support the proven benefits of acupuncture. In 2009, NICE guidelines (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) recommended a course of acupuncture for persistent, non-specific low back pain. In September 2012, NICE also recognized acupuncture's benefit for migraines and tension type headaches.

There are two different types of acupuncture practiced in Britain today and at Back in Motion Norfolk, we are fully trained in both:

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture - This derives from the principles of Chinese medicine that looks at the whole body as a series of energy channels (meridians) with the objective of restoring the balance of the whole body.
  • Western Acupuncture - This approach combines some of the ideas of TCM and uses traditional acupuncture points in conjunction with the latest research. It uses acupuncture to treat trigger points in the musculoskeletal system and relieve muscular tension and pain.

All of our acupuncture practitioners are registered with the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP). More information about the AACP can be found here.

For more information on our acupuncture services in Norfolk, please click here to contact your nearest Back in Motion clinic.

Acupuncture - Commonly Asked Questions

Does it hurt?

Acupuncture should not be painful. The needles used are the same width as human hair and are shallowly inserted, so it does not feel the same as having an injection.

How many sessions will I need?

The overall number of acupuncture treatment sessions required will depend on you, your personal needs and your physiotherapists assessment. Most patients receive a course of treatment of up to 6 acupuncture sessions but benefits should be see within half this number of sessions.

How safe are the needles?

All needles are ONE USE only sterile disposable needles that are sourced from reputable healthcare suppliers within the UK.

Remember if you should have any other questions please feel free to ask at any time.

Our physiotherapists using acupuncture are all members of the AACP (Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists).

Acupuncture