Acupuncture Glossop Acupuncture is one of the many techniques used in physiotherapy to create an integrated treatment approach.  By using acupuncture as an adjunct rather than as a stand alone treatment, we look to treat the cause of issues, not just eradicate pain.

Simply inserting needles into a patient may help them to feel better, but might not help the long term management of their problem. As such we work with a number of different modalities, of which acupuncture is a small, but significant part. We feel this is a more considered approach, giving long term benefits rather than a short term quick fix.

What is Acupuncture? It is the practice of inserting very thin, sterile needles into tissue to elicit a healing and pain relieving response. It has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and perhaps even further back in time, but is used today with an ever expanding base of scientific evidence. For an in-depth explanation with the focus on the physiology behind acupuncture read this article.

What is Acupuncture used to treat? Pain relief is the most common reason for having acupuncture, though it also has its uses in other musculoskeletal conditions (both acute and chronic), and also in restoring the body’s homeostasis. By stimulating the brain and spinal cord the body produces natural pain modifying chemicals such as serotonin and endorphin which can have the added effect of promoting better sleep.

Common conditions treated:

  • Chronic lower back pain
  • Headaches / migraines
  • Trigger points
  • Muscular injuries
  • Neck pain
  • Tendinopathies

"I have seen Tim for both physiotherapy and acupuncture for a lower back injury. I have seen other physiotherapists in the past who have just given me a list of exercises, but Tim really took time to help get to the cause of my issues and I feel I understand my injury and what I need to help me not only recover but to come back stronger (and Lynne had helped me implement a training plan to do just that). Finally, I cannot express how much my mind has changed about acupuncture. I had never thought it could help my back... and I cannot thank Tim enough for the style of his treatments. He gave me the choice to see the needles or not, to have an explanation of the procedure or not and really explained that was happening and how it would help me in a way I could understand. The whole time he kept me calm and I had confidence in what he was doing throughout. In my case, my experience was that on the day of treatment I felt very tired afterwards but I woke up the day after the sessions pain free and free from stiffness for a good few days. Fantastic!" Cat Upton

AACP Acupuncture Association of Chartered PhysiotherapistsTim is an Accredited Member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists, the professional organisation associated with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapist.

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