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  • Acupuncture is fast becoming part of mainstream medicine in the treatment of muscle, ligament and joint conditions and for the relief of pain in conditions such as sciatica, or its equivalent in the arms, 'brachalgia'. It is also useful in the treatment of sinus problems, tennis elbow, headaches, migraine and sleep disorders.

    The needles used are very thin and cause almost no pain. Recent research suggests that acupuncture is very useful in the treatment of long-term back pain and is proven to be better in some cases than more conventional treatments.

    Each Physiotherapist at Chelmsford Physio who practices acupuncture is a member of the AACP (Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists) and as such is bound by a code of professional conduct.

    The use of acupuncture needling for the treatment of pain is supported by an ever-growing body of scientific evidence. Scientific research has examined the effectiveness of acupuncture for various conditions. In recent years large studies have begun to emerge which have helped to support the benefits of acupuncture treatment. For example it is accepted that acupuncture can help tension-type headaches and pain of osteoarthritis, for example osteoarthritis of the knee, especially when it is used in conjunction with other treatments such as physiotherapy.

    Acupuncture combined with physiotherapy is widely accepted within both the National Health Service (NHS) and private practice. This is evident in the recommendation by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) that acupuncture should be available as a cost-effective short-term treatment for persistent non-specific low back pain (source: NICE 2009).

    AACP members are required to keep abreast of scientific evidence and do so by fulfilling their obligation to complete their Continuing-professional Development obligations.
    Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine dating back as far as 300BC. According to the traditional principles, our health is dependent on the body's vital energy known as Qi moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of meridians or channels. The QI circulates within the deeper organs of the body, but connects to the superficial skin. In a normal healthy body, a balance (homeostasis) exists between these systems.

    This flow or Qi can be disrupted by many factors; physical, mental or emotional. This results in pain and inflammation, or weakness and exhaustion. Treatment with acupuncture aims to restore the body systems to a state of homeostasis, using needles to unblock the merdians.

    Acupuncture has gained increasing popularity in the Western world since the 1950's due to the development of diagnostic equipment that enables researchers to 'visualise' its effects.

    These effects include:
     
    Stimulation of the brain and spinal cord to produce natural pain relieving chemicals, such as endorphins and encephalins.
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    Stimulation of nerves that prevent pain signals being transmitted to the brain (the pain gate)
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    Release of hormones that promote relaxation & sleep such as melatonin
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    Release of serotonin to promote well being
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    Trigger point Acupuncture to facilitate relaxation in specific muscles
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    Each condition must be assessed individually but the effects of acupuncture can be significant after one session. From the literature & clinical experience, acupuncture has a cumulative effect, so a course of treatment is recommended for maximum benefit to be gained.
  • Specific areas of expertise include:
     
    Whiplash injuries
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    Headaches
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    Discogenic lesions 'Slipped disc'
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    Muscular back pain
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    Posture related back and neck problems
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    Chronic pain
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    Experience teaches us that no two back pain sufferers are the same. There are common and often predictable patterns but overall presentation will always be unique. Thorough analysis is key making communication between therapist and patient vital.

    Both evidence and experience have shown how prompt physiotherapy assessment and treatment can significantly reduce pain and recovery time. All our therapists are highly skilled taking precise history and analysing movement dysfunctions to form accurate diagnosis to facilitate optimal treatment and management strategies.
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    ACL reconstruction
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    Arthroscopy
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    Shoulder decompression or rotator cuff repair
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    Post fracture rehabilitation
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    Expert rehabilitation post trauma to ensure fast return to full function and sport
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    Tendon sprains and strains e.g. Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, tennis elbow and ligament sprains
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    Acute muscular injuries/tears
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    Chronic overuse injuries - biomechanical problems
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    If you have painful joints or muscles, we can help. We have a proven record in the treatment of running related injuries e.g Achilles tendon problems, muscle tears and knee pain. We are also experts in sports massage and biomechanical analysis, to ensure that your running technique is not going to slow you down or cause you injury. It is our aim to help you to reach your goals and achieve your running potential or get you back on the pitch, depending your goals.
  • Sports and remedial massage is an excellent way to relax, repair and invigorate your muscles and your body. Not just for the professional or amateur athlete, Sports Massage can benefit you whatever your work or exercise pattern may or may not be. Sports Massage is a deep tissue technique that combines traditional massage techniques with stretching, strengthening and relaxation.

    It can help your body by:
     
    Relieving muscle tension and promoting relaxation
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    Loosening soft tissue adhesions and reducing scar tissue
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    Stretching soft tissue, increasing flexibility and mobilising muscle fibres
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    Increasing blood flow
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    Increasing lymphatic flow
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    Reducing swelling
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    Increasing recovery time after injury
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    Reducing pain
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    Increasing range of movements
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    Reducing stress Relaxing the body and mind
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    Improving body awareness
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    Allows body to perform at its maximum
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    It can be effective for lower back pain, back pain, tight shoulders, torn muscles, strained ligaments, headaches, tiredness, relaxation, increasing performance, pre event preparation and post event recovery.

  • Neurological physiotherapy is a form of treatment that specialises in restoring physical function in people following damage to the central nervous system. Examples of conditions where this occurs include Stroke, Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Motor Neurone Disease.

    Often a neurological problem can impact greatly on a person's sensation, co-ordination, balance and movement. Consequently everyday activities like getting dressed, brushing your teeth and walking become difficult to perform.

    We at the Chelmsford Physio Clinic provide a specialist service targeting these problems in a friendly and supportive environment.

    Your physiotherapist will perform a comprehensive assessment specific to you. We will discuss your own personal goals which you hope to achieve with the aid of physiotherapy. Treatments can be performed in your home or in our clinic's rehab gym. Experience has informed us that people respond to treatment better initially at home as specific problems of daily life can be practiced in the optimal environment.

    Treatments which we provide include;

     
    One to one treatment sessions.
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    Stretching programmes.
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    Strengthening programmes.
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    Core stability exercises.
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    Sensory management.
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    Spasticity management.
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    Posture management.
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    Balance re-education.
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    Gait re-education
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    Falls programme
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    Cueing and movement strategies.
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    Education for you, family and carers.
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    Problem solving in home environment.
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About Us
Chelmsford Physio was founded by Jonathan McComish in 2008 at Anglia Ruskin University. The clinic has rapidly grown since and now boasts two busy clinics in convenient locations across Chelmsford, with a team of five highly specialised chartered physiotherapists.
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Chelmsford, England.

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