Expert Acupuncture in Manchester
David Roberts Physiotherapy offers expert acupuncture services throughout Greater Manchester and Lancashire at their numerous local clinics.
If you've never tried acupuncture and are curious about its benefits, or already know it can provide help with pain relief, then contact us today
Patients who use our services are often offered acupuncture by our physiotherapists as an add-on to other services or as the primary approach to helping with your symptoms.
Acupuncture, in essence, is part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approach to healthcare.
TCM dates back many thousands of years, and acupuncture has been an integral part since its inception.
More recently, acupuncture has become accepted by ‘western’ medicine as an effective tool to ease both acute and chronic pain. Numerous research projects have determined its beneficial effects, not only with pain but with many other afflictions.
The word acupuncture is derived from two latin words - acus meaning ‘needle’ and punctus meaning ‘to prick’.
Hair-thin, sterilised, and chemically sharpened needles are inserted into the skin; the exact location of which depends on the symptoms reported.
The needles are thin, typically 25-50 times thinner than a small hypodermic syringe that a doctor would use.
The needles are single use, so immediately disposed of after the treatment has finished. Treatment tends to last 20-30 minutes but can be longer, again depending on symptoms being treated.
How it Works
A very common question is ‘how does acupuncture work?’ The TCM practitioner would say that its assists in the restoration of Qi (or the body’s life force/energy) after illness. The ‘western’ medical practitioner would say that it stimulates nerves that override the brains perception of pain. It also reduces muscle spasm, stimulates the immune system and generally relaxes a person.
Regardless of debates about defintions, what is agreed is that acupuncture has helped numerous patients throughout Greater Manchester enjoy a better quality of life.
Acupuncture is favoured by many therapists due to the few side effects it may produce. The main side effects (which occur in approximately 5%-25% of patients) are:
- Pain on insertion of the needle
- A small amount of bleeding after withdrawing the needle (a pinhead size amount)
- Subsequently there be a small bruise
- Drowsiness for a short time after treatment
- A transient worsening of initial symptoms
Acupuncture may be thought of as a ‘medication’, in the sense that the more acupuncture one receives, the stronger the effect it produces. It is unusual for acupuncture to give an immediate positive response, however it the effects are normally apparent within 2-4 sessions.
How Can Acupuncture Help You
Acupuncture can help anyone living in Manchester and beyond with any number of conditions and illnesses.
There are a multitude of conditions for which acupuncture can offer relief including most muscoskeletal conditions such as back pain, tendonitis, stiff necks and sprains. And, of course, addictions, ENT problems, circulatory ssues and gastrointestinal disorders.
If you feel that it is something you wish to try, please feel free to speak to one of our physiotherapists who practise acupuncture. They will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
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