Acupuncture Treatment in Stockport and Manchester
Physiotherapists use acupuncture in combination with other treatment methods to achieve optimal results.
Acupuncture effectively relieves pain in muscles and joints.
We can usually offer an appointment within 24 working hours.
Call Gatley on 0161 491 1999 or the Heatons on 0161 432 3232
Acupuncture Therapists in Gatley, Cheadle, Heaton Moor, Stockport and Didsbury
Acupuncture is well known for providing pain relief. It’s helpful for a range of issues including acute back pain, chronic arthritis and repetitive sports injuries. It’s may also be beneficial for headaches or migraines.
Acupuncture can help:
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest recorded forms of medicine having been used in China for over 3,000 years and increasingly in Western medicine since the 1970s.
Traditional Chinese belief is that energy flows freely throughout the body, via channels. When there is a problem the energy stagnates. Stimulation by acupuncture at various points helps to restore the healthy flow of energy in the body.
Modern science has shown that acupuncture stimulates the brain to produce natural pain relieving chemicals (endorphins). These assist the body to heal itself and give relief from pain.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture stimulates the body to produce endorphins and oxytocin, which are the body’s own pain and stress-relieving chemicals.
It may promote sleep by stimulating the release of melatonin in the body and may encourage a sense of well-being by stimulating the release of serotonin.
Acupuncture also stimulates nerve fibres to block out pain signals and helps to reduce the sensitivity of tender points in the body.
What are the benefits of acupuncture?
Chartered Physiotherapists use acupuncture to relieve pain and other symptoms. They are in a unique position of being able to combine acupuncture with other treatment methods such as postural/ergonomic advice, exercises, joint and soft tissue mobilisation and stretching. This combined approach is more likely to lead to successful rehabilitation.
What does an acupuncture session involve?
When you see a physiotherapist, a full medical history will be taken, and you will be asked about your current health problems. You will be asked to complete a ‘consent to treatment’ form for acupuncture treatment.
Treatment will consist of the insertion of fine stainless-steel needles into the skin. These are sterile and disposable, ensuring strict hygiene practice. The needle insertion may feel like a mild pin prick and should only give temporary discomfort. The number of needles used will vary – up to 10 can be used at a time – but the number may vary according to your condition and symptoms.
The needles are inserted through the skin either at sites where you feel the pain, away from the pain or a combination of both. Acupuncture needles are often inserted into trigger points (tight, sensitive areas in the muscles) to relieve pain and restore movement.
The needles may be left in place for up to 20 minutes or more. During the treatment, your physiotherapist may stimulate the needles by gently rotating them.
The needles are removed at the end of the session and are safely disposed of.
How will I feel after acupuncture?
Initial treatments carry a small risk of temporarily increasing your symptoms. You may also feel a bit tired on the evening of your treatment. Some people do feel extremely fatigued.
Very occasionally a bruise may occur at the needle site, this is nothing to worry about.
Rarely, you may feel faint for a few minutes. Please make sure you have eaten something before your acupuncture appointment to reduce the risk of feeling faint.
Does acupuncture hurt?
As the needles are the width of a human hair, acupuncture should not hurt. You will usually feel no more than a mild discomfort on insertion of a needle, as they are very thin. It is not the same as having an injection.
During the treatment you may have a feeling of warmth or ‘fullness’, heaviness, pins and needles, numbness, tension around the needle or a mild ache or discomfort.
You may also feel a little light-headed or relaxed. It should not feel unpleasant. These are signs that your body is reacting to the acupuncture.
Can I drive home after an acupuncture treatment?
Yes, you may like to sit for 15 minutes before you go. Some people prefer to arrange a lift home after their first treatment.
Do I continue to take my medication?
Yes – unless otherwise advised by your doctor.
How do I know it’s working?
Be patient. Acupuncture is not a ‘quick fix’ and the effects can build up over several treatments.
How long do the benefits last for?
This varies enormously. Your physiotherapist can advise you.
Why have acupuncture with a physiotherapist?
Physiotherapists work as part of the multidisciplinary team including GP’s and consultants and are bound by their professional Codes of Conduct and Practice. Physiotherapists are able to use acupuncture alongside other treatments to offer you a range of options to manage your condition successfully.
Call Gatley on 0161 491 1999 or the Heatons on 0161 432 3232
Can anyone have acupuncture?
There are certain health conditions that may stop you receiving acupuncture or mean that the treatment should be used with caution.
Let your therapist know if you:
- Have ever experienced a fit, seizure, faint or if you have epilepsy
- If you have a pacemaker or any other electrical implant
- If you have a bleeding disorder
- If you are taking anti-coagulant medications
- If you have any heart valve problems
- If you have any risk of infections
- If you are pregnant or trying to conceive
- If you have a known metal allergy
- If you have a needle phobia
- If you have a known metal allergy – specifically to stainless steel
- If you have a known infection or poor skin condition in the area to be treated
- If you have a deficient or weakened immune system
- If you have low blood pressure
- If you have been prescribed any medication
- If you have cold/flu symptoms or feel generally unwell
Your therapist will complete a checklist with you prior to commencing treatment.
How many sessions will I need?
The overall number of sessions required will depend on how your condition responds, and your physiotherapist’s assessment.
It can sometimes take 2-3 sessions, however several treatments may be required to produce a noticeable benefit. Occasionally, 1 or 2 ‘top up’ sessions can be needed.
How often are acupuncture sessions?
Treatments are normally once or twice a week.
If you are paying for your treatment yourself, you don’t need a Doctor’s referral or pre-authorisation.
We require payment at the end of each session. You can use debit or credit cards, Apple Pay, cash or cheques.
Feel free to just call and book an appointment anytime.
Using Private Health Insurance for Acupuncture
Our clinic is recognised by most of the major insurance companies, as we are all Chartered Physiotherapists and are registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC).
You will need to check with your insurance company prior to treatment, as some companies require a referral from a Doctor beforehand.
Health insurance customers must first provide a policy number and authorisation code along with any excess details or treatment limitations.
Any excess on your policy is to be paid direct to the Clinic.
Contact a private acupuncture therapist near you today.
Why Choose Gatley & Heatons Physio?
We provide expert acupuncture treatments from our clinics in Heaton Moor, Gatley and Didsbury and we regularly help patients from across Stockport and Manchester reduce their pain and return to normal activities.
We frequently work with clients in Cheadle, Bramhall, Poynton, Wilmslow, Northenden, Altrincham, Sale, West Didsbury, Withington, Burnage, Heaton Moor, Heaton Chapel, Heaton Norris, Heaton Mersey and Reddish, and we are regularly able to provide home visits for those who are not able to attend one of our clinics.
We have been established in these areas for many years and have a fantastic relationship with most of the Doctors in these areas. If needed, we will liaise with your Doctor about your condition, for example if medication is needed or a referral to another speciality.
We have an excellent reputation of providing high standards of clinical physiotherapy and a professional service through a trusted, personal and friendly approach.
We offer flexible appointment times to all patients including extended working hours and home visits.
Professional and caring treatment received with sound follow up advice. Would recommend to others without hesitation!