Acupuncture is accepted as an intervention in the management of musculoskeletal pain and is available as a therapy at Tees Valley Hospital. Acupuncture is usually used in conjunction with other physiotherapy interventions, such as soft tissue mobilisation and postural advice.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points, usually around the affected area but also using points other areas of the body such as the hands and feet or even in the other limb. The needles are usually inserted for 20 – 30 minutes at a time and will be stimulated by your physiotherapist to ensure the most effective outcome.

The insertion of the needles causes the body’s internal pain relieving mechanisms to be stimulated, thus giving pain relief. Whilst the needles are in place, patients often describe feeling a mild aching, tingling, heaviness or warmth in the area, this is not an unpleasant feeling.

What to except from acupuncture and is it for me?

Prior to commencing a course of acupuncture you will have a full 1 hour assessment of your condition, the findings of which will be discussed with yourself and an individual acupuncture treatment plan will be made and commenced.

A course of 6 to 10 sessions is usually required to give the best results for long standing conditions. Your treatment plan will be discussed with you by your Physiotherapist. For self-funding patients packages of Physiotherapy can be arranged, please see the prices section.

There are some mild side effects to acupuncture that some people may experience. These include, bleeding, bruising, some discomfort at the needle site, feeling light headed and sleepiness.

If you have any of the following conditions then you are unfortunately unable to have acupuncture:

  • Needle phobia
  • Allergy to metal (Stainless steel)
  • Infected, swollen, fragile and or thin skin
  • Uncontrolled epilepsy
  • Poorly controlled diabetes
  • Unstable heart conditions (CCF, arrhythmias) and valvular heart disease
  • Spontaneous bleeding or bruising
  • Acute stroke
  • Confused patients

There are also some conditions that are a precaution to having acupuncture, but these will be discussed on an individual basis. If you have any questions then please contact the Physiotherapy department.

All Physiotherapists at Tees Valley Hospital that perform acupuncture are members of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (ACCP).

If you have any questions on whether acupuncture maybe an appropriate treatment technique for yourself then please contact the department to discuss this. 

For more information please contact the Physiotherapy Department on 01642 087 347.


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