At Monkman Physiotherapy we are fully qualified to provide acupuncture as part of our physiotherapy treatment plan. Acupuncture is a specialist treatment method used to help a number of different injuries and problems. Whether you have a sports injury, pain when at work, or you are unsure of the cause, acupuncture should definitely be able to help you. It is simply the insertion of needles at different points around the body to bring about desired changes as a result of the needles direct effect on the body’s tissue.
BENEFITS OF ACUPUNCTURE
Tom has been instrumental in my recovery from a repetitive calf injury. As as keen endurance athlete himself, he applied his passion for sport and understanding of anatomy to create a program that would suit my training. His follow up and after care is second to now. Would highly recommend to others.
Tom has always been a great physio for me, I recently had a long term back pain that I did not know the source. He checked me over and advised me what to do and within a couple months it has completely gone.
I’ve had multiple calf injuries due to level of exercise required to compete as a semi professional Ironman athlete. Specifically an injury picked up during a middle distance triathlon. Through using his specialist knowledge around triathlon, Tom used massage and showed me some great exercises to assist me back to competition.
I suffered a double break to my collarbone after a cycling accident. An 8 week recovery process proved to be only partially successful and I required surgery. Post surgery I spoke to Tom who recognised the importance of getting my mobility and strength back so I could get back on my bike. Tom provided me exercises to do, which helped to restore my range of mobility and importantly provided me with some strength that resolved the numbness I would feel on rides longer than 30 minutes.
Tom is a great professional who understands the passion we all have for sport and will have you up and running again in no time.
HOW IS ACUPUNCTURE USED IN PHYSIOTHERAPY?
Acupuncture may be used alone or in conjunction with other treatment methods within physiotherapy, this will depend on the specific condition or injury that the patient may be suffering from.
Acupuncture is occasionally used as a preferred treatment method by physiotherapists when treating certain conditions because of its limited side effects. Tom has undergone comprehensive training in acupuncture and continues to use the technique when he feels appropriate. Tom is a member of the Association of Acupuncture for Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) which ensures that he is kept up to date with all the relevant information around acupuncture and the changes in the evidence base.
HOW LONG DO ACUPUNCTURE SESSIONS LAST?
We allow 1 hour for the first initial assessment and the follow up sessions will last 45 minutes. The content of each session may vary as Tom always uses acupuncture as an adjunct alongside exercise and occasionally other forms of manual therapy. The time spent on the acupuncture is initially approximately 15 minutes long, these will then progress to up to 20-25 minutes depending on the patients reaction to the treatment. The number of sessions will again depend on your response to treatment and the injury that is being treated.
WHAT ARE THE CONTRAINDICATIONS/CAUTIONS WITH ACUPUNCTURE?
Due to the nature of acupuncture as a treatment tool, there are a number of contraindications and these will be discussed with you in detail before commencing treatment. Contraindications to acupuncture include:
- Certain points are avoided in patients who are pregnant.
- Avoid treating a patient who has a strong fear of needles.
- Avoid treating a patient who is extremely restless or nervous.
- Patients who have a metal allergy.
There are a number of cautions that need to be made when using acupuncture and these will be discussed in detail at your first assessment. These cautions include:
- Patients who have had prolonged oral steroid use.
- Patients who are tired and hungry.
- Certain points need to be avoided with patients who take blood thinning medications.
- Extra care needs to be taken with patients who suffer from HIV or hepatitis.
- Previous fainting episodes or patients who suffer from syncope.
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