Acupuncture Clinic – acupuncture with physiotherapy
The qualified and experienced practitioners in our acupuncture clinic provide acupuncture as a part of your overall physiotherapy treatment. They are all qualified physiotherapists who have studied acupuncture as well. Physiotherapists have extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology and are well placed to use acupuncture in their approach to pain control. In addition, their use of manual techniques and rehabilitation combine well with the use of acupuncture to give an overall effective package of care.
The needling technique is sterile and largely painless – the needles used are far finer than those used for inoculations. The points chosen are either trigger points within muscles (painful, tight bands within the muscle) or recognised points associated with a pattern of pain. A local pain-relieving response is often felt once the needles are in place.
Physio on the River has several physiotherapists who have undergone further vigorous training in acupuncture and integrate evidence-based acupuncture into their treatments for the benefit of their patients. They can be specifically requested when booking an initial consultation.
* Highly reviewed acupuncture treatments with top ratings on Facebook and Google Reviews from local patients who have visited our Barnes acupuncture clinic
* The qualified and experienced practitioners in our acupuncture clinic are qualified physios and are also members of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) to give you the best treatment available
* We have male and female acupuncture practitioners in our private clinic if you have a preference (see our staff page for more information on qualifications, registration and experience)
* Whether you want to come to our clinic for a look around, an assessment or to book a treatment with one of our acupuncturists, just give us a call on 020 8876 5690 and we will help organise it.
Why an acupuncture physiotherapist?
In the UK there are two main professional groups that practise acupuncture. One group has studied acupuncture as part of three years of Chinese Traditional Medicine studies; the other will have completed three years of Western medical studies (to become a doctor or a physiotherapist for example) and studies acupuncture as a post-graduate activity, focussed on applying it in their main area of expertise.
Physiotherapists are the largest group of medical professionals in the UK practising acupuncture and the vast majority of acupuncture treatments in the UK are for musculoskeletal conditions requiring physiotherapy.
AACP members are Chartered Physiotherapists who have had extensive physiotherapy training and in addition, have worked for at least one year with patients in a hospital or private practice before starting their acupuncture learning. So they are fully aware of the physiology (functioning) of the body through their physiotherapy study and practical work. Their additional acupuncture learning consists of 300 hours of theoretical and practical studies and assessments, mainly in the musculoskeletal area and structured around evidence-based western acupuncture research.
After completing their acupuncture course and experience, AACP members must continue to conduct regular Professional Development training to keep up to speed with the latest developments in acupuncture and related physiotherapy treatments.
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is a very safe procedure when carried out by fully qualified professionals. Our AACP physiotherapists are qualified to deliver this therapy in our acupuncture clinic and follow strict hygiene guidelines. Acupuncture needles are the same width as human hair, much smaller than a normal injection needle, so having acupuncture does not feel the same as having an injection. The needles are disposable, pre-sterilised and individually packaged. These are often supplied in guide-tubes for easy insertion which means that there is no risk of anything touching the needle during the process. When needles are inserted, you may feel a temporary, sharp pricking sensation but it soon passes and there are side-effects from acupuncture are rare.
You can see more about our acupuncture services here