We are highlighting the pain relief benefits of acupuncture for people of all ages this Acupuncture Awareness Week (6-12 March).
Based at Holy Cross Hospital, The Physiotherapy Centre has a team of physios fully trained by the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists and offers acupuncture among its outpatient treatments.
"Being in pain can be miserable so using acupuncture to help people manage their pain – whether that's as a result of sports injuries, conditions like arthritis or osteoporosis, or aching backs, shoulders and knees that many suffer with – is a very rewarding part of my job," explains Ed Carroll, a senior physiotherapist at The Physiotherapy Centre. Acupuncture is one of the most popular complementary therapies practised in the UK today, and western medicine, including in physiotherapy, has shown it to relieve pain and reduce inflammation in the body. "It's great seeing acupuncture help people enjoy their lives again without excessive pain holding them back,” says Ed.
The Physiotherapy Centre welcomes patients with all sorts of health conditions and injuries, and acupuncture is just one of the therapies it offers. The Centre accepts referrals from doctors and other health professionals as well as patients referring themselves. Because the Centre offers many different types of treatment – from hydrotherapy, rehabilitative exercise, and sports massage as well as acupuncture – clients receive the therapies they need all under one roof. Its practitioners are highly trained and new clients receive an initial assessment to ensure they receive the most effective treatment.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine that uses single-use sterile needles placed into the skin at key points in the body. Ed Carroll explains: "The needles are very fine indeed – much smaller than those used for injections – so it's nothing like having a vaccination. Patients may feel some mild discomfort or a slight aching from the treatment but that doesn't put them off and patients welcome the benefits of the treatment."
To book an assessment please contact us or call 01428 647647.
Acupuncture Awareness Week is supported by the British Acupuncture Council and aims to better inform people about the practice.