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Healthplus Acupuncture is a skill utilised by physiotherapists as part of an integrated approach to the management of pain and inflammation. Physiotherapists base their treatments on scientific research and clinical evidence that acupuncturists can reduce pain by stimulating the brain and spinal cord to produce natural pain-relieving chemicals such as endorphins, melatonin (which promotes sleep) and serotonin (to promote well-being), to name but a few. These chemicals assist the body’s healing processes and offer pain relief as a precursor to other treatments such as manual therapy or exercise in order to aid recovery.

Healthplus Clinics Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a skill utilised by physiotherapists as part of an integrated approach to the management of pain and inflammation. Physiotherapists base their treatments on scientific research and clinical evidence that Acupuncture can reduce pain by stimulating the brain and spinal cord to produce natural pain-relieving chemicals such as endorphins, melatonin (which promotes sleep) and serotonin (to promote well-being), to name but a few. These chemicals assist the body’s healing processes and offer pain relief as a precursor to other treatments such as manual therapy or exercise in order to aid recovery.

Conventional acupuncture involves the use of single-use, pre-sterilised disposable needles of varying widths, lengths and materials that pierce the skin at the acupuncture points. Acupuncture needles are very fine and bear no resemblance to an injection or blood test. The physiotherapist will determine the locations of these points on the basis of an assessment of the cause of the imbalance. A number of needles may be used during each treatment, and these are typically left in position for between 20 and 30 minutes before being removed.

At Healthplus Acupuncture we only use needles which are disposable, pre-sterilised and individually packaged. The needles come with a guide-tubes for easy insertion, which means that there is no risk of anything touching the needle during the process.

As we understand through research more about acupuncture, the use of acupuncture alongside orthodox medicine is increasing. The distinction between complementary or alternative medicine and conventional medicine is reducing as acupuncture is accepted by GPs and consultants.

Treatment might be once a week to begin with, then at longer intervals as the condition responds. A typical course of treatment lasts 5 to 8 sessions.

Conditions Treated using Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an effective treatment in a range of conditions. Research on acupuncture is continuing to be published identifying further usages. Currently it is accepted that there has been positive research identifying effective treatment for:

  • Chronic low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Knee pain caused by osteoarthritis
  • Tension type headaches and migraine
  • Temporomandibular (jaw joint) pain
Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture patients identify several benefits following acupuncture treatment, including:

  • Decreased Pain
  • Increased Range of Movement
  • Reduced Disability
  • Improved Quality of Life

Additionally, some patients report improvements in overall wellbeing

Risks of Acupuncture

At Healthplus Acupuncture we only use needles which are disposable, pre-sterilised and individually packaged. The needles come with a guide-tubes for easy insertion, which means that there is no risk of anything touching the needle during the process.

Acupuncture is generally very safe. Serious side effects are very rare – less than one per 10,000 treatments.

You need to be aware that:

·        Drowsiness occurs after treatment in a small number of patients, and, if affected, you are advised not to drive;

·        Minor bleeding or bruising occurs after acupuncture in about 3% of treatments;

·        Pain during treatment occurs in about 1% of treatments;

·        Existing symptoms can get worse after treatment (less than 3% of patients). You should tell your acupuncturist about this, but it is usually a good sign;

·        Fainting can occur in certain patients, particularly at the first treatment.

In addition, if there are particular risks that apply in your case, your practitioner will discuss these with you.

Healthplus Clinics Acupuncture - Why Us?

When you visit Healthplus Clinics Acupuncture you will experience a unique and pro-active treatment service with a physiotherapist interested in your individualised treatment. You will be welcomed to Healthplus Acupuncture by the vibrant clinic environment and cheerful staff and receive personal attention and thorough detail from your physiotherapist.

At Healthplus Acupuncture we have a Five Point Promise which separates us from our competitors. Our clinicians will always advise you of the lowest cost option for your individual condition or injury. Our aftercare service means that we will provide help and assistance should this be necessary with sequential and periodic reviews.

Five Point Promise:

1.   Specialist Physiotherapists with experience in acupuncture.

2.   Clinically comprehensive

3.   Transparent prices

4.   Individualized treatment

5.   Professional aftercare

In addition Healthplus Acupuncture offers:

  • Friendly and courteous staff.
  • Convenient appointment times.
  • Prompt service, we will never keep you waiting for a long period of time.
  • Professional but comfortable atmosphere.
  • Large treatment rooms with state of the art equipment.
  • Convenient location.
  • Over a decades of experience, with patients from celebrities, professional & Olympic athletes.
  • Consultant, GP, insurance and rehabilitation company referrals.
  • Direct claim procedure.
  • Lunch time and early morning appointments.
Acupuncture Resources

www.aacp.org.uk – Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists

www.medical-acupuncture.co.uk – British Medical Acupuncture Society

 

Important Information about Acupuncture

Apart from the usual medical details, it is important that you let your practitioner know:

·        If you have ever experienced a fit, faint or funny turn;

·        If you have a pacemaker or any other electrical implants;

·        If you have a bleeding disorder;

·        If you are taking anti-coagulants or any other medication;

·        If you have damaged heart valves or have any other particular risk of infection.

Patients who have received acupuncture are still able to give blood providing they meet certain criteria. The National Blood Service guidelines are explained here.

National Blood Service (NBS) Guidelines
1. Patients must not donate (obligatory):
If the condition for which treatment was given is not acceptable to the NBS.
If it is less than 4 months since treatment was completed for that condition.

2. Patients may donate (discretionary):
If acupuncture has been performed under the NHS.
If acupuncture has been performed outside the NHS by a qualified Healthcare Professional registered with a statutory body.

The following are statutory bodies:
General Medical Council (GMC)
General Dental Council (GDC)
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Health and Care Professions Council (HPC)
General Osteopathic Council (GOsC)
General Chiropractic Council (GCC)

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