Acupuncture is one of the many skills used within physiotherapy in the management of pain, inflammation and as a means of enhancing the body's own healing chemicals in order to aid recovery and enhance rehabilitation.
It has been used for thousands of years in China to treat a wide range of problems. The Chinese believe disease is due to the blocked flow of energy around the body. Acupuncture is believed to relieve these blockages and restore health.
Western science has shown that acupuncture causes the release of various chemicals that help relieve pain, relax muscles and promote general well being.
Conventional Acupuncture involves the use of single use, pre-sterilized, disposable needles that pierce the skin at the Acupuncture points. The Physiotherapist will determine the locations of the Acupuncture points, based upon the assessment of the cause of the imbalance. A number of needles may be used at each treatment and these are typically left in position for some 20-30 minutes before being removed.
Trigger point Acupuncture may also be used to facilitate relaxation in specific muscles. Here the needle is placed into the affected muscle until it is felt to relax under the needle and then removed. Trigger point needling is often much quicker and therefore does not require the 20-30 minute treatment time.
Acupuncture can be used as part of your physiotherapy treatment programme or as a stand alone treatment option. At SIDI PHYSIO we are sometimes using Acupuncture in conjunction with MLS Laser with great results (all at no extra cost!).
Felicity has over 15 years experience in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and has perfected her skills by working with the best. She worked in the NHS then spent 10 years working in the Military. She has also worked in the Elite Sports world in Rugby Union and in Private Practice giving her a wide experience in all kinds of conditions, especially with spinal and shoulder conditions.
Felicity also provides ante and post natal care to help expectant mothers prepare for childbirth, then to recover from this. She provides ante and post natal classes for groups up to 6 or on a 1:1 basis.
Louise's interest in fitness began after a 13 year Artistic Gymnastic career where Louise attained International status. Louise's obvious passion for sport and fitness have driven her to become a highly qualified Personal Trainer, who with over 12 years in the Health & Fitness industry has a vast amount of knowledge & experience in working with everyone from complete beginners to elite athletes.
Louise has the ability to adapt her training techniques to produce varied and challenging workouts tailored for each client's individual needs. This coupled with her enthusiasm and bubbly personality makes Louise highly motivational and a pleasure to work with.
Osteopathy focuses on total body health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework, which includes the joints, muscles and spine. Its aim is to positively affect the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems.
This therapy is a unique holistic (whole body) approach to health care. Osteopaths do not simply concentrate on treating the problem area, but use manual techniques to balance all the systems of the body, to provide overall good health and wellbeing.
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