Musculoskeletal Acupuncture and Dry Needling
At Louise Jewers Physiotherapy we employ an integrated approach to the management of pain and inflammation using acupuncture, to enhance our preferred treatment approaches such as exercise and manual therapy.
We follow a Western approach to acupuncture, and also practice dry needling techniques to treat injuries or conditions of the Neuro Muscular System. We use it to help ease pain and muscle spasm/tightness. After taking a full history and assessment, your physiotherapist will explain the likely cause of your problem and your available treatment options. These may or may not include acupuncture or dry needling.
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If you’d like some more information, have questions about treatment options or would like to book an appointment then please do get in touch.
What Does It Involve?
Conventional Acupuncture involves the use of single use needles, pre-sterilised, disposable needles that pierce the skin at the acupuncture points. They are extremely fine, similar in width to a human hair. Our physiotherapist, will determine the locations of the Acupuncture points, based upon their assessment & the cause of pain. A number of needles may be used at each treatment and typically stay in place for 20-30 minutes.
Trigger point or dry needling, may also be used to facilitate relaxation in specific muscles following trauma, such as a whiplash injury, or longer term unresolving muscle pain such as repetitive strain injury (RSI), or to assist in the rehabilitation of some sports injuries. Using the same single use needles, one is placed into the affected muscle until it is felt to relax under the needle and then it is removed. This type of needling is often much quicker and therefore allows time for other treatments approaches in the session.
How Does It Work?
Acupuncture can stimulate the bodies own healing chemicals in order to aid recovery and enhance rehabilitation. Research has demonstrated, enhanced changes in pain via the stimulation of the brain and spinal cord to produce natural pain-relieving chemicals, such as endorphins; melatonin to promote sleep and serotonin to promote wellbeing. At a local level, the needle insertion can result in muscle relaxation
Is It Safe?
Acupuncture is very safe when undertaken by a fully qualified professional after undertaking a thorough assessment of the patient. Our AACP physiotherapist is qualified to deliver this therapy and has undergone recognized accredited training course. Needles are sterile and disposed of safely after each session.
‘’Louise is amazing. She is a very good diagnostician and really helped me recover from an injury. I highly recommend her.’’
‘’Louise helped me through post-accident, pre-opand post-op physio-she is calm, kind straightforwardand encouraging as well as hugely experienced and skilled. She works closely with surgeons and doctors who recommend her and is known to be the best in the business in West London. It is a huge advantage to be located, in the Hogarth Club with its onsite Parking and full gym to take advantage of during rehab sessions. I would recommend her wholeheartedly.’’
‘’Louise immediately inspires confidence. She is calm, professional and very experienced. She discusses the problem and then applies gentle, reassuring treatment. She makes practical suggestions and takes you through helpful exercises before posting you videos so you can do them at home. I would thoroughly recommend Louise.’’
‘’You were absolutely right about my ankle kicking out. After seeing you Friday, I rested Saturday and did the exercises that you gave me.I ran 11.7 k on Sunday, thinking the whole time about that push off and had no problems.There was a niggle but no pain.Last night I did 7 k and other interval sprints and had no issues. I will keep up the exercises.’’Thank you AGAIN! You were right AGAIN!
“unable to have face to face sessions, our online sessions are brilliant! Louise was able to diagnose my injury and provide a thorough and clear exercise plan to get me back to full health -all through online video sessions! Extremely pleased to have contacted her.”
‘’I was delighted and relieved I was able to organize physio sessions remotely with Louise (during Covid).With her expertise and many years of experience in post -op rehabilitation, in our remote/video sessions Louise is able to pinpoint even the smallest of deviations from desired movements in those exercises she has recommended. Her quiet calm, capable mannerand the clear guidance she offers in simple and straightforward language, make it easy for me to understand what she is asking of me and my leg! Louise’s follow up email containing links to an exercise plan and video clips for assigned exercises represents invaluable support in between our remote sessions.’’
"Thanks to you my knees are as good as they have ever been. I cannot tell that I have ever had any trouble. Fantastic! My skiing still leaves a lot to be desired but great fun!"
"Many thanks for your help with my back. Your advice was 100% good I was sent off for xrays - crush fractures were the problemMany thanks for all your help in setting me off in the right direction."
‘’Caroline was brilliant. Thank you so much for suggesting I saw her. There isn’t anything to worry about-nothing that a few exercises won’t put right and I am seeing her again.’’
"I have just returned from Arizona where I climbed a mountain and swam breastroke in the pool with no problems. So I have made a full recovery. THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN!"
‘‘As you can see, I have cancelled my next appointment. This is because my foot has completely recovered! Thank you for your two treatments-I think they helped it along quite considerably.’’
‘‘Thank you for your letter on the 3rd January and thank you in particular for treating the patients I send to you to such good effect. I hear very favourable reports from patients following your treatments.’’
‘‘Just wanted to drop you a line and say the knees were absolutely fine while skiing and afterwards now I'm doing the leg strengthening exercises. Had a great time and many thanks for all the work in getting me back active.’’
Are There Any Side Effects?
Any side effects tend to be mild and short lived. They may include: fatigue, light headedness, bruising, localized bleeding, soreness or redness around the needle sites. If you continue to feel tired after treatment, it is recommended that you do not drive or operate machinery.
There are a number of the conditions where MSK Acupuncture or dry needling is not indicated or advised. Screening for these will be take place before any treatment.
If you have any questions, please use the contact form and we will be happy to answer them.
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