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Aigburth Physiotherapy – Leading the way in acupuncture. At Aigburth Physiotherapy, we believe acupuncture is best used as an integrated approach to the management of pain and inflammation. It can help with conditions such as:

  • Back pain (acute or chronic)
  • Whiplash
  • Sports injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Headaches, including migraine
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Stress and anxiety

How does it work?
Acupuncture can reduce pain by stimulating the brain and spinal cord to produce natural pain-relieving chemicals such as endorphins, melatonin (which promotes sleep) and serotonin (to promote well-being). These chemicals assist the body’s healing processes and offer pain relief with to other treatments such as manual therapy or exercise in order to aid recovery.

What does acupuncture involve?
Treatment will consist of the insertion of fine needles. These are sterile and disposable, ensuring strict hygiene practice. The needle insertion may feel like a mild pinprick and should only give temporary discomfort.

How many needles do I need?
The number of needles used will vary and may be left in place for up to 20 minutes or more. It can sometimes take several treatments to produce a noticeable benefit. Acupuncture needles are often inserted into trigger points (tight sensitive areas in the muscles) to relieve pain and restore movement.

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 exercises, manipulation and stretching. This combined approach is more likely to lead to successful rehabilitation.