Acupuncture

Traditional acupuncture is a healthcare system based on ancient principles, aiming to restore the body's equilibrium, by the use of very fine needles.

Acupuncture at the Clinic

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body, to restore the flow of "Qi" - your body's energy, giving a sensation of a slight tingling or dull ache. In addition to using needles, moxibustion (the burning of herbs on the needles), electro-acupuncture (the stimulation of the needles by gentle electrical currents) and cupping (suction cups placed over the needles) can be used to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment. Traditional acupuncture can be an effective treatment to help restore the body's balance, often promoting a feeling of well-being, relaxation and revitalization. Acupuncture is a safe, natural treatment and may be used to help a wide ranging variety of conditions.








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Who is it suitable for?
Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages and can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine, so many of our clients who attend for physiotherapy may be offered acupuncture as a part of their treatment programme. People often come for acupuncture for specific problems such as short term relief of migraine or as a temporary additional treatment for the pain from osteoarthritic knees. Often people notice an enhanced feeling of well-being during treatment and some of their other 'niggles' settle down too, because the treatment is aimed at treating the whole person.
Where is the evidence?
Increasingly, researched evidence of effectiveness is becoming available - the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommended that acupuncture should be made available on the NHS for short term management of early persistant low back pain. More information on current research is available on the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) BAcC website.
What are our qualifications?
Joanne Middleton completed a three year diploma in acupuncture at The Northern College, in York in 1994 and is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) BAcC, an advanced member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) and is a member of the Acupuncture Fertility Network, a special interest group for acupuncturists who have completed additional training in gynaecological and fertility problems.

Rachel Wylie completed her acupuncture training through an accredited AACP course and is also a member of the AACP.

Both attend regular post graduate training courses to meet professional CPD requirements

If you would like any further information, or an informal chat about whether acupuncture may be helpful to you, please feel free to contact us..
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