Acupuncture in Canterbury with Physio South East

Acupuncture provides pain relief for many conditions by stimulating your body to release natural pain killers - endorphin and serotonin - to the pain pathways in your body.

Acupuncture is commonly used to treat musculoskeletal pain such as back, shoulder, neck and leg pain. It has been used successfully to treat headaches, migraines, trapped nerves, muscle strain, sports injuries and various kinds of arthritic and rheumatic pain.

Recent research is now supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture, particularly in the management of pain, suggesting that it is effective in the treatment of low back pain, neck pain and knee osteoarthritis.

Acupuncture combined with physiotherapy is now widely accepted within the NHS and private practice.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a treatment, which can relieve symptoms of some physical and psychological conditions and may encourage the patient's body to heal and repair itself, if it is able to do so.

Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle, and can 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.

But acupuncture does much more than reduce pain, and has a beneficial effect on health. Patients often notice an improved sense of well being after treatment.

Modern research shows that acupuncture can affect most of the body's systems - the nervous system, muscle tone, hormone outputs, circulation, antibody production and allergic responses, as well as the respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

The practitioner will assess each patient's case and treatment will be tailored to the individual; so it is impossible to give more than a general idea of what treatment might involve. Typically, fine disposable and sterile needles are inserted through the skin and left in position briefly, sometimes with manual or electrical stimulation. The number of needles varies but may be only two or three.

Treatment might be once a week to begin with, then at longer intervals as the condition responds. A typical course of treatment lasts 3 to 6 sessions.

Benefits of acupuncture

  • Pain relief for a wide range of conditions
  • Commonly used to treat musculoskeletal pain, for example - back, shoulder, neck and leg pain
  • Used successfully to treat headaches, migraines, trapped nerves, chronic muscle strains, fibromyalgia, sports injuries (including tennis elbow and golfer's elbow), face pains and various kinds of arthritic and rheumatic pain

Why Physio South East?

  • Be seen quicker with no need for a GP referral or NHS waiting list
  • Daytime, evening and weekend appointments to suit your schedule
  • Private facilities with highly trained physiotherapists

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