At London Home Physio, we provide acupuncture in your own home by trained physiotherapists. The physiotherapists will bring to your home their own plinth or “patient sofa” where your treatment will take place.
What is acupuncture and how does it work?
Acupuncture is a form of ancient Chinese medicine in which fine needles are inserted into the skin at certain points on the body. The needles are left in the body for 15-30 minutes, whilst the therapist keeps a close eye on your body’s reaction. It is a form of complimentary medicine, and there has been more evidence in the recent years which reflects it’s effectiveness, particularly for pain relief.
The theory behind acupuncture
Acupuncture as a traditional Chinese medicine is based on the belief that energy flows through channels in your body called “meridians” with the energy name known as Qi (pronounced “chee”). When the Qi cannot flow freely through the body, this can cause physical and emotional illness and pain. Acupuncture is believed to restore Qi and to restore health.
The more western approach to acupuncture supports the idea that the needles stimulate nerves and muscle tissue, which releases your body’s natural pain relieving hormones in your brain, and this may be responsible for providing the effect of pain relief.
The positive effects of acupuncture
Release of tight tissue muscles, fascia, tendons
Improvements in overall wellbeing
The side effects of acupuncture
Some discomfort at the needle site
A feeling of your body going heavy
A faint feeling
Redness or bruising at the site of the needles
Acupuncture responses vary between individuals. For some, the effects of acupuncture are felt after one treatment, whilst for others it may take considerably longer.
Am I eligible to have acupuncture?
There are some circumstances where acupuncture should be treated with caution. This includes if you:
- Suffer from extreme fatigue
- Suffer from hemophilia
- Are on anticoagulants (blood thinning medication) as bleeding can be expected
- Suffer from diabetes which is not stabilised
- Have a phobia of needles
For safety purposes, your physiotherapist will go through your medical history with you prior to your treament. Please get in touch if you have any further questions.
0207 096 0684