Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into the skin to treat and reduce pain.

It derives from Chinese medicine where it has been used for over 2000 years and is increasingly used in Western medicine since the 1970s.


Western medical acupuncture is the use of acupuncture after a proper medical diagnosis and is based on scientific evidence. It is used to treat a wide range of conditions and to reduce pain and inflammation, as recommended in some NICE guidelines.

Acupuncture is often used alongside other Physiotherapy treatments such as exercise, manual therapy and relaxation techniques. It is also an option to try when more conventional treatments have failed.

How does it Work?

Acupuncture stimulates nerves under the skin and in muscle tissues to block out pain signals and helps to reduce the sensitivity of tender areas. This stimulates the body to produce endorphins and oxytocin – which are our body’s natural pain and healing chemicals. It may promote sleep and well-being by stimulating other chemicals called melatonin and serotonin.

Common Musculoskeletal Conditions Treated

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain / whiplash
  • Tension type headaches
  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle, tendon, joint injuries
  • Muscle tension / Trigger Points

Common problems addressed by a Neuro physiotherapist are:

  • Difficulty walking
  • Weakness
  • Stiffness / spasms
  • Poor hand / arm function
  • Difficulty getting from one place to another at home
  • Pain if associated with the neurological condition
  • Reduced fitness – these sessions can take place in a gym, swimming or hydrotherapy pool.

Is Acupuncture safe?

Western medical Acupuncture is a safe treatment when carried out by a qualified practitioner who is regulated by a healthcare professional or a member of a recognised national acupuncture organisation.

At Griffiths & Hartley we are fully qualified therapists, members of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapist and are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council

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