Following assessment or during your course of physiotherapy treatment acupuncture may be suggested by the physiotherapist to enhance the effectiveness of your treatment.
All of our physiotherapists are registered members of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP). Acupuncture has been used within our practice for nearly 10 years and each physiotherapists has undergone extensive training to meet the requirements of the AACP and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Their training is maintained on an annual basis through attendance of courses and in service training.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest recorded forms of medicine having originated in China over 2000 years ago. There are several theories as to how the effects are produced. The traditional Chinese medicine (TCN) view is that Qi (energy) flows freely when the body is healthy. According to this theory a change in the Qi flow can lead to pain and dysfunction. TCN theory is that the stimulation of appropriate acupuncture points can affect the level of Qi and its movement.
At the Leigh Road Physiotherapy Clinic we have adopted the Western style of acupuncture, which is supported by an increasing amount of research led evidence. The Western philosophy is that pain management can be affected by the release of pain inhibitors via the central nervous system.
Patient safety is paramount and we therefore only use sterile, single use needles and are registered with Salford Council for the practice of acupuncture.