Acupuncture originates from China and involves the insertion of very fine stainless steel needles into the skin which has been practised for thousands of years. And now Acupuncture is practised by our experts in Chelmsford.
At Faye Pattison Physiotherapy, our physiotherapists are fully trained and governed by the AACP (Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists).
What is Acupuncture?
The use of acupuncture needling is used for the treatment of pain and is supported by ongoing scientific studies and evidence showing it can have great benefits used alone or when used in conjunction with manual therapy physiotherapy, soft tissue therapy, massage therapy). Acupuncture is widely accepted and practiced combined with physiotherapy throughout both the National Health Service (NHS) and private practice.
Why Use Acupuncture?
People use our acupuncture Chelmsford treatments for a whole variety of problems, ranging from emotional distress of anxiety and depression to the physical pain of back pain and arthritis. Traditional acupuncture aims to treat the whole person as opposed to the source of pain in isolation, which is why it can be such an effective treatment to help treat a broad range of conditions in one go.
The acupuncturists at Faye Pattison Physiotherapy will treat you as a person, not just a condition, so each treatment plan will be bespoke and niche to each individual patient. Many people return time and time again to our Chelmsford acupuncture clinic because they find it such a beneficial and relaxing treatment to have.
The Uses of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is said to be useful in addressing a variety of health conditions, including:
- Chronic pain, such as headaches, back pain and neck pain
- Stress and anxiety
- Weight loss
The hair-thin needles are inserted to specific acupuncture points throughout the body to restore the flow of the body’s energy, stimulate healing and promote relaxation.
The Benefits of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice which originated thousands of years ago. The benefits of acupuncture include:
- Performs correctly, when it is done so safely
- There are very few side effects
- It can be effectively combined with other treatments
- It can control some types of pain
- It may help patients where pain medications are not suitable
- It can successfully treat; back pain, neck pain, nausea, migraine headaches, anxiety, depression and infertility
- The improvement of sleep and digestion
The Treatment Process
Acupuncture is a very safe procedure when carried out by fully qualified professionals.
At Faye Pattison Physiotherapy, your AACP physiotherapist is qualified to deliver this therapy in a safe and professional way and has undergone a recognised accredited training course in acupuncture. In our clinic we use pre-sterilised, individually packaged disposable needles so once they have been used, they are disposed of after one use. When the needles are inserted, you often feel a little sharp pricking sensation or scratch, once the needles are in for a period of time, they are left, your therapist will keep checking on you and may move or twist the needle throughout your treatment and some people experience a tingling or warming feeling throughout treatment.
Some people may experience side effects after treatment which tends to be short lived (nothing a cup of tea and biscuits can’t sort out normally). These may include light-headedness, fatigue, bruising, redness, localised bleeding or mottling of the skin around the needle sites.