Acupuncture is a system of inserting fine needles into specific parts of the body (acupuncture points) in order to produce a desired medical effect. Although this may primarily be used for pain relief, other effects, such as the relief of nausea, are well documented.
Kathy and Judy have been practising acupuncture for many years. They are both members of AACP (Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists) and offer acupuncture in conjunction with the rest of their physiotherapy practice.
There is an increasing amount of literature supporting the efficacy of acupuncture and NICE (the National Institution for Clinical Excellence) agree that it is useful in the treatment of some common conditions including low back pain and age related knee pain.
Kathy has had considerable success treating patients suffering from poor sleep, hay fever, sinusitis or stress.
Judy's initial interest in acupuncture and Physiotherapy was sparked when she had a back injury as a teenager and was treated successfully with a combination of acupuncture, manual therapy and exercises. When she decided to pursue a career in Physiotherapy the course that she choose stood out among other things because it offered an undergraduate ‘Acupuncture for Pain Relief’ module which she completed during her degree. She then went on to complete the Foundation Acupuncture course in 2008.
Since specialising in Musculoskeletal Outpatient Physio and Women’s Health Physiotherapy in 2007 she has used acupuncture as an adjunct to other physio modalities to treat a variety of complaints such as Osteoarthritis of the knee, low back pain and neck pain. Judy recently attended an Acupuncture course where she reviewed and practised the 50 most useful acupuncture points.
Judy also recently attended a 2 day Women’s Health Acupuncture course which she found very inspiring and has extended her scope of practice to include more acupuncture treatment for a variety of conditions such as pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy and incontinence.
Acupuncture is a very safe form of treatment and side effects are minimal. All needles are single use and sterile and as a result, a certificate can be given to patients who wish to remain blood donors.
If you would like to consider acupuncture as a part of your physiotherapy treatment, please mention it when booking your appointment. Alternatively, if you would like to discuss it with Kathy or Judy they are happy to do so.