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Acupuncture

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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.

Fee

Initial consultation £50 (45 minutes)
Follow-up Treatment £40 (30 minutes)


We are registered with all major medical insurance providers

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History

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 highly specialised team.