Stiff Backs, Necks and tendons all respond well to a bit of Acupuncture as a treatment. In the same way that Chronic headaches can be eased by this natural painkiller free approach to pain relief.
It's true that people are often sceptical that needles will do anything but let's not forget that this treatment has been used for thousands of years and is believed to have originated in China - there weren’t GP's doling out the painkillers back then.
There is a lot of misunderstanding about Acupuncture as a form of treatment and the scientific evidence for its effectiveness is often described a pseudoscience. Regardless…as Physiotherapists, we are not going to help you give up smoking or get pregnant with Acupuncture but what we will offer you is another option to releasing the tension and ‘hot spots’ that can drive continual Back or neck pains.
So yes. alongside massage. manipulation and exercise rehabilitation, you might find that Western-style Acupuncture or Dry Needling (as it's sometimes called) is used to ease Back Pain, Headaches, Neck Pain, Tennis Elbow and Achilles Tendonitis - and all without any harmful side effects that medications might have. This treatment was also suggested as a way to treat long standing back pain by the government organisation that provides guidance on improving health care!
Please ask us about your suitability to receiving Acupuncture with your Physio treatment, because it's not suitable for everyone - there are some health checks to go through before you can have this treatment.
And just like our other ways of working, your Physio might suggest other options are better for you in the longer term, because you are an individual in our eyes.
But if you are looking for another option in getting back to full function ask us about Acupuncture - Because we have time to listen to your concerns and issues - it's all about the caring approach!
So if other Treatments have stalled in being useful or you are looking to
and find Longer Term Pain - it might be for you.
PS We are not back street maniacs with needles, we are governed by the Acupuncturists Association of Chartered Physiotherapists and the Cheltenham Borough Council have been out and signed us off as being able to legitimately perform this treatment here in our treatment rooms.And we are always asked if treatment with Acupuncture is covered under the same price as a Standard Physiotherapy session. The simple answer is YES it is. We don't charge you extra for this treatment - in our eyes, it’s just another option and form of Physiotherapy.