Acupuncture has become increasingly popular. In the past thirty years, because of the huge public interest in the subject, considerable scientific research on acupuncture has been carried out – although much remains to be done.
Acupuncture is a medical technique used to treat a wide variety of conditions it is one of many skills used by physiotherapists as an integrated approach to the management of pain and inflammation.
All AACP(Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists) acupuncturists are regulated healthcare professionals (physiotherapists), who have also undertaken additional training in Western medical acupuncture,as part of this registration it is compulsory to attend at least 10 hours training in a two year period.All Physiotherapists practicing acupuncture at Brook Lane are AACP registered.
Physiotherapists can also further their Acupuncture expertise to treat other conditions by attending additional training to achieve a PG Diploma or an Msc. see below
Mr Jan Henriksson has studied and successfully completed his Pg Diploma in Acupuncture from Coventry University.
Acupuncture is known to stimulate the nerves in skin and muscle to produce a variety of effects. We know that it increases the body’s release of natural painkillers – endorphin and serotonin – in the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain. This modifies the way pain signals are received helping to assist the body’s healing process and offer pain relief as a precursor for other physiotherapy techniques.
The physiotherapist will assess each patient’s case and treatment will be tailored to the individual. Typically, fine needles that are disposable and pre-sterilized and of different widths and gauge are inserted through the skin and left in position, they may be left up to half an hour or for only a few minutes depending on the condition, sometimes with manual or electrical stimulation. The number of needles varies but may be only two or three.
Manual stimulation is achieved by the therapist rotating the needle in its position to achieve a deep sensation.
Electrical Stimulation is achieved by attaching inserted needles to an electro-acupuncture machine. These units are designed to deliver variable amplitudes
and frequencies of electrical impulses. Low frequency electro-acupuncture is intended to contribute to the mechanism of pain reduction, especially stimulating chemicals from the brain which will aid analgesia, relaxation and sleep.
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.
Some other situations in which acupuncture might be used
* Functional bowel or bladder problems such as IBS or irritable bladder, and even mild forms of urinary incontinence
* Allergies such as hayfever, perennial allergic rhinitis, and some types of allergic rashes such as urticaria or prickly heat
* Some other skin problems such as discrete rashes and ulcers, pruritus (itching), and some forms of dermatitis
* Sinus problems and chronic catarrh
* Dry mouth and eyes
* Stopping smoking
* Menstrual and menopausal symptoms.Fertility.
This is not a complete list and many other conditions have been treated with acupuncture.