Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine and is practiced since 1000 BC. The principle of traditional Chinese medicine is to maintain the Qi (energy) in the body. Qi is maintained by finding the balance of Yin (calmness) and Yang( aggression) in the body. Traditional Chinese acupuncturist believe that imbalance between Yin and Yang can lead to various ailments which can be controlled by stimulating the acupuncture points. Acupuncture is used as evidence based treatment approach by physiotherapists to treat back and neck pain, knee pain, ankle pain, shoulder pain, sports injuries and headaches. The latest research in acupuncture found that acupuncture release neurochemical like serotonin and endorphin which pain relieving hormones. Acupuncture is recommended treatment for low back pain and is evident from NICE guidelines published in May 2009. Our physiotherapists trained in acupuncture are member of AACP (Acupuncture Association of Chartered Society Of Physiotherapy) and adhere to their policy and guidelines. AACP grants full membership only after the successful completion of 80 hours training approved by the association. Our Physiotherapists pierce single use sterilized needles into your skin in the various acupuncture points and leave them for up to 30 minutes. Practitioner may twist and tweak the needles to stimulate the points. After one use needles are disposed in a sharp bin which is destroyed by incineration to avoid contamination. We also offer trigger point dry needling technique which is evidence based effective technique to release spasm and tight muscles. Acupuncture is safe when administered by a trained and qualified practitioner. For more information on safety and regulation please click on the link here.