Acupuncture is a tried and tested system of healthcare devised by the Chinese and other eastern cultures. It is now widely used and accepted all over the world.
At Touchline Physio we use Acupuncture to give pain relief, improve healing times and reduce stiffness. We use it as part of a treatment plan, not instead of traditional Physiotherapy, as we believe it is the combination of hands on therapy and Acupuncture that can give the best and fastest results. Acupuncture works to maintain the body’s equilibrium by focusing on all aspects of wellbeing; physical, mental and emotional states. According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependant on the body’s motivating energy moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels below the skin. This energy is known as ‘qi’. The flow of qi can be disturbed by any number of factors, such as grief, anxiety, anger, infections and trauma. When the qi is unbalanced, illness and pain can develop.
At Touchline, we use acupuncture in two main ways; one is to relax muscle and connective tissue, the other is to stimulate the body’s own healing response and restore natural balance by inserting the needles along the channels of energy called ‘meridians’.
Acupuncture needles are finer than needles used for injections and blood tests. When the needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as tingling or a dull ache. Acupuncture is very safe. The results of two independent surveys published in the British Medical Journal in 2001 concluded that the risk of serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. The needles we use are single, sterile and disposable. Responses to treatment can sometimes include tiredness or mild dizziness and very occasionally minor bruising can occur. However, all such reactions are short lived.
You can get more information about acupuncture by visiting www.acupuncture.org.uk
All of our Physiotherapists are trained in Acupuncture, but we also have a resident acupuncturist, Susan Bishop, who is able to offer treatments for conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, hayfever and vertigo, to name but a few.
Susan Bishop has been practising traditional acupuncture since 2004, after graduating from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading, having spent over 3 years training. Susan is a member of the British Acupuncture Council and adheres to their Code of Safe Practice and Professional conduct. Susan practises an integrated style of acupuncture using both Five Elements and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine).
Susan is also qualified in Indian Face Massage, a relaxing holistic face massage using Ayurvedic principles together with acupressure and more modern Swedish massage techniques.