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Acupuncture is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine in which fine needles are inserted at certain sites in the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes.

Scientific evidence shows that acupuncture can reduce pain by stimulating the brain and spinal cord to produce natural pain-relieving chemicals such as endorphins, melatonin (which promotes sleep) and serotonin (to promote well-being).
These chemicals assist the body’s healing processes and offer pain relief as a precursor to other treatments such as manual therapy or exercise in order to aid recovery.

At Gosforth Physio & Wellness our therapists are skilled and experienced in all aspects of acupuncture and are specialists in the assessment, diagnosis and application of a wide range of acupuncture treatments.

'Better By 5'

Over 90% of our patients get ‘Better by 5’.

If you need any of our physiotherapy, sports injury, sports massage or acupuncture services, you should see and feel a real difference by the end of your fifth session.

It’s what we call ‘Better by 5’.

If, on the other hand, there is no improvement in your clinical condition or in the way you feel – we STOP after the fifth session. At that point, we reassess the reasons why there has been no apparent improvement and, if necessary, we can organise scans and letters to G.P.s and Consultants.

You can be sure that we will never continue treating you unless there is a positive benefit – and only when you (and we) agree on your treatment plan.


The latest scientific research and evidence demonstrates that acupuncture is an effective treatment, especially for chronic back pain and headaches. The National Institute for Health and care Excellence (NICE) recommend acupuncture as a treatment of choice for back pain and headaches.It has also been shown to be highly effective in the treatment of the following:

Back Pain Neck Pain Headaches Migraine Jaw Pain
Shoulder Pain Tennis Elbow Hip Pain Knee Pain Calf Pain
Nerve Pain Joint Pain Osteoarthritis Achilles Tendonitis Plantar Fasciitis

Conventional Acupuncture

Conventional acupuncture involves the use of single-use, pre-sterilised disposable needles of varying widths, lengths and materials that pierce the skin at the acupuncture points – and these points are determined by your physiotherapist on the basis of a detailed assessment.

A number of needles may be used during each treatment, and these are typically left in position for between 20 and 30 minutes before being removed.

Trigger Points

What is a Trigger Point?

A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body.

For example, a trigger point in your back may produce what is called referral pain in your neck. Your neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in your head, pain that may be either sharp or a dull ache.

Trigger points can be successfully addressed either through physical manipulation (massage) or, very effectively, by the use of dry needling…

Holistic Acupuncture

Acupuncture diagnosis and treatment aims to treat the root cause as well as your main symptom. Acupuncture works to reassert the body’s own healing processes and maintain its homeostatic checks and balances. This approach helps with resolving your problem and enhancing your feeling of wellbeing. You may notice that other niggling problems resolve as your main health complaint improves.

There is a growing scientific evidence base that is beginning to unravel the response the body has to acupuncture, by using sophisticated techniques such as measuring biomarkers, bioelectricity and imaging the brain and central nervous system.

The wisdom of the ancients is still very much applicable and appropriate today and can help us to achieve a sense of our true nature and well being in a modern life.

What does the Therapy involve?

Treatment involves placing very fine, sterile, disposable needles into specific points on the body which have been found to stimulate healing.

The first treatment will involve a consultation where you can discuss the reasons you want treatment. The acupuncturist will ask about your medical history, lifestyle and any prescription medication you might take.

Most people feel very relaxed during treatment and for a while after, so it is advised to have a rest before driving. Research shows that acupuncture is a very safe form of treatment and produces very few side affects. Occasionally there may be slight pain or bruising can occur at a needle site.

The amount of treatments and the treatment plan is individually tailored and depends on the presenting condition. Often acupuncture involves a course of 3-4 treatments. Follow-ups can be arranged after longer periods to ensure the condition is stable or just as extra support.

What are the Benefits?

Some people turn to acupuncture for help with a specific symptom or condition. Others choose to have treatment to help maintain good health, as a preventative measure, or to improve their sense of wellbeing. Many people return to acupuncture again and again because they find it so beneficial and relaxing.

The British Acupuncture Council keeps up to date on the latest research into acupuncture and provides information about the growing evidence base with fact sheets for over 60 conditions. For further information, please check out the British Acupuncture Council website.

Other treatments that may be offered as part of any healthcare provided may include:

*Moxibustion (provides heat stimulation to areas or acupoints)
*Cupping or Gua Sha (encourages the flow of blood and qi and the release of stress and tension in the muscles and fascia)
*Auricular Acupuncture (ear acupuncture)


Assessment (60 minutes) £40.00

Treatment (60 minutes) £40.00

Everyone is unique so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to find out how acupuncture can help you.

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