Acupuncture for Pain Relief - Di Rayment

Acupuncture is recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence for the treatment of low back pain and has a proven record of effectiveness for pain relief, often in conjuction with physiotherapy.

In addition to this, acupuncture is also now being offered for a wide range of treatments as a holistic treatment that can alleviate symptoms and may reduce the need for medication.  It can generally reduce inflammation within the system which often triggers numerous complaints and brings the body's nervous and muscular systems into balance.  In this way it can help both with physical and mental problems and induce a general sense of well-being by increasing levels of endorphins.

Conditions that are commonly treated with acupuncture include frozen shoulder, osteoarthritis, low back pain, tinnitus, migraine, hayfever and allergies, fertility, digestive problems, depression, anxiety and insomnia.  We can also assist with smoking cessation and weight loss (treatment also includes the use of an 'ear' needle to help between sessions).

There is an initial consultation, followed by an average of 6 treatments, each lasting 30-45 minutes.

What does acupuncture involve?

Treatment will consist of the insertion of fine needles. These are sterile and disposable, ensuring strict hygiene practice.

Usually 6-12 acupuncture points are used during an acupuncture session, and are left in place for up to 20’ or more. You may feel a strong tingling sensation when the needles are inserted, but it should not be painful.

Acupuncture needles are also often inserted into trigger points (tight sensitive areas in the muscles) to relieve pain and restore movement.

What are the benefits of acupuncture?

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 and management of your problem.