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.
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.
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|Nerve Pain||Joint Pain||Osteoarthritis||Achilles Tendonitis||Plantar Fasciitis|
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.
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…