What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is form of treatment offered by trained physiotherapists. There is good evidence to show that it is effective and it is often used alongside other treatments like exercise and mobilisation of your joints and muscles.
The traditional Chinese philosophy is that when the body is healthy, energy which is known as ‘qi’ flows freely along pathways known as meridians. Each of these pathways is linked to an organ within the body such as the heart and lung. Going with the Chinese Acupuncture Philosophy in a healthy body energy which is also know as ‘qi’ flow along meridians which are pathways linked to organs in the body such as the lungs, heart, kidneys or liver. Factors such as trauma, anxiety, anger, stress can disrupt this energy flow. The acupuncture can help by inserting needles along the pathways where the energy is disrupted to restore energy to flow along the meridians freely again.
Another method that acupuncture works by is to act on ‘our paingate’. The needle being inserted sends impulses up into the brain and this releases substances know as ‘endogenous opioids’ which act like our bodys own painkillers from the brain. This then helps to reduce or completely get rid of the pain.
Can I have Acupuncture?
Your physiotherapist will discuss with you whether they think acupuncture can benefit you. However if you have one of the things below unfortunately acupuncture is not safe to be used on you;
- You have a metal allergy – stainless steel
- You have a phobia of needles
- You have an infection in the area to be needled
There are also times that acupuncture needs to be used with caution. The conditions listed below would not prevent you from having acupuncture but can change the effects of acupuncture. Please let your physiotherapist know if you have any of the conditions below:
- You are pregnant or trying to conceive
- Heart pace maker
- Heart pace maker in place
Will it Work?
Everyone is individual and also the effects of acupuncture vary between different individuals. Acupuncture does not work for everyone and also the number of sessions required to have an effect vary between individuals.
How Is Acupuncture Carried Out?
Very fine needles are very quickly inserted through the skin into the tissues beneath. These needles are only used once and are sterile. Occasionally people report that when the needle goes in it can feel like a bearable pinprick or scratch like sensation.
Once the needle is inserted there are a number of sensations that can be felt including deep ache, heat or heaviness. This is normal and a sign called ‘De Qi’. This is signalling to you that your bodys own painkillers are being released.
When the acupuncture is used to release muscle spasm and trigger points the needles only need to stay in for a short time until the muscle releases.
When acupuncture is carried out to help energy flow along the meridians the needles will stay in for longer, normally between 15 and 30 minutes.
Depending on the choice of treatment by your physiotherapist for you the needles can be placed in one of three places:
- Around the painful area
- Away from the painful area
- On the opposite side of the body
How Many Acupuncture Sessions Do I Need?
Again the number of treatments required depends on the individual. Some people only require one whereas others can need at least 6 treatments to gain the best result. It can take at least 4 sessions of acupuncture to feel an effect. Once the best effect has been gained the length of time this effect can last also varies. Some people find that the symptoms never return whereas others may need long term regular treatments to ensure the lasting effect.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Members of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) are required to train to a minimum standard and are bound by professional codes of conduct through the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). It is a lot safer than most drugs but there can be side effects felt which include:
- Needle site bruising
- Drowsiness feeling after treatment
- Needle site discomfort
- Temporary pain increases
- Feeling faint or fainting
Please get in touch for more information about our products and services.
Michelle was Very knowledgeable, confident and very helpful. Immediately located the issue and the treatment was incredibly helpful. Very warm and personable with some very helpful advice and guidance.
- Patrick Edwards
Really excellent service. Gemma, who arranged the appointment was great, and Jacob the physiotherapist excellent. I called and within almost 12 hours I was seen and made better!
Veni was great with my Father. Both of them got on well & my Father feel very comfortable with her. Looking forward to Veni providing further Physio for him!
- Parveen S.
I'm really happy with the service received from them. I used them twice and both times the therapists were great, professional, friendly and knowledgeable. Plus the convenience of being seen at my own home.
- Katerina Georgieva
Kate Ewing is a wonderful physio, so patient and understanding. We feel so confident in her knowledge and skill and are looking forward to more sessions..
- Vicky O'Connell
Very good manner and at dealing with patient
Many thanks to all at Physiocomestoyou
- Ali Zaman
Great service and so much easier them coming to your home. Had physio for my 2yr old after his leg was taken out of plaster and Maria was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly with him.
- Louise P.
Jacob was very good and gave lots of helpful exercises and advice. my feet and ankles have definitely improved since his visit so would definitely recomment.
Florence was just fantastic! She helped renew my confidence and was very detailed
I thought your whole service was excellent from booking to receiving treatment. Unfortunately my mother (patient) did not want to continue with treatment at this stage. I thought Abideen was superb and kept me informed in detail of how the treatment went. I have no doubt that if my mother would have given herself a chance with Abideen then she would have been on the road to recovery by now, but I couldn’t force Her. I would definitely recommend your services to a friend.
Excellent service and prompt with materials in hand.
- Seun Ashaye
This was the first time I've use Physiocomestoyou services, and so far I am very happy. Customer services is excellent, and Lauren is very nice and professional. I can't wait for my daughter next appointment.
- Andreea Perju
I had an incredible experience with physio. James Bradley - I had nerve damage and though I'm a professional fitness instructor, I could not move past it- within an hour and a half he had me up and moving- really the BEST experience I could have had and so grateful he showed up on time to my home. What a gift.
- Lyndsey Seale
James was thorough, clear in his explanations and about what I should expect from the treatment. He was also able to put me at ease during the session. Overall this has been a very good experience and I would be happy to recommend the service to a friend.
- Helen Welch
I called around to many clinics but they either don't do home visits or were not taking new patients. I was able to find one through PhysioComesToYou and the service was amazing. A high professional organisation.
We were assigned James Bradley (who is a fantastic physiotherapist) to help my father recover his mobility following a stroke. I cannot speak highly enough of his bedside manner and professionalism. I would recommend both PyhsioComesToYou and James
- Ojas Patel
Lockdown had the merit of flushing out those dark alcoves where excuses live to put off exercise but more time at home can leave you prone to over doing it. That was my story with what started as a niggle in my heal developing into a massive inflammation of my achilles and forced hanging up of my running shoes. That's when Physio Comes to you comes in. The lay up was inevitable but what was concerning was the prospect of finding a high quality physio to aid my return to tempo and long runs in the midst of tier 4 lockdown. It was great to hear the reassurance that a quality physio was on hand and the home visit that was promtpty arranged put me well on the road to recovery. It may be a while yet before clocking those sub 7 minute miles but with these guys with me every step of the way I know that when the running shoes are back on I will be in best shape.
Angela was brilliant, very considerate and professional. Most impressed
- Evan Parker
Suchit completed his Bachelors’ degree in Physiotherapy in Belgaum, India in 2000. He worked for two years in India, primarily in the earthquake affected area of Gujrat and gained extensive experience of managing complex orthopaedic conditions including spinal ...
In 2014 Leanne extended our service to the West Country and manages Physiocomestoyou Bristol. She has over 12 years of experience in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Leanne worked at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, contributing to research and prese...
Jose qualified as a Physiotherapist from the Jean Piaget School in 2007 and has been working at Physiocomestoyou Ltd in London since 2011. He recently moved back to Portugal and and now manages Physiocomestoyou in the Algarve. He has been working in a variety ...
Ivan (M.Ost) qualified from the University College of Osteopathy (formerly the British School of Osteopathy) in London and is a registered osteopath with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and the Institute of Osteopathy (IO). Ivan is also a qualified Clini...