What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture, a traditional form of Chinese medicine, can be used on its own or in combination with physiotherapy to treat a range of musculoskeletal conditions. Acupuncture can be effective in reducing pain associated with osteoarthritis1, neck pain2 and back pain3 allowing you to get the most out of your physiotherapy.
How does acupuncture work?
The treatment consists of the insertion of thin needles into the skin and underlying tissues, or into certain trigger points.
The needle insertion may feel like a mild pinprick and should only give temporary discomfort. The number of needles used will vary and may be left in place for up to 20 minutes or more.
What are the benefits of acupuncture by a physiotherapist?
Physiotherapists can use acupuncture to relieve pain and other symptoms. They are in a unique position of being able to combine acupuncture with other treatment methods such as exercises, manipulation and stretching. This combined approach is more likely to lead to successful rehabilitation.
How will acupuncture make me feel?
A session of acupuncture can affect people differently. Some people may feel relaxed and calm, others might feel tired for a few hours, or even more alert and energised. You might find that the symptoms of your condition will temporarily get worse. You might also be advised not to drive after the treatment.
How much does a physiotherapy session cost?
An initial assessment with a physiotherapist at BMI Healthcare costs from £54*.
Why get acupuncture at BMI Healthcare?
*This is a starting from price and varies by hospital
- Extensive experience: physiotherapists undertake specialised training in acupuncture. They are able to use it alongside other treatments to offer you a range of options to manage your condition successfully.
- Access to private treatment: you don't need to wait for a referral from your GP to access our respiratory physiotherapy service. Arrange your appointment directly with us at your convenience.
- Locations throughout the UK: with over 50 hospitals across England, Scotland and Wales, patients all over the country can have fast access to private physiotherapy treatment near them.
1 Acupuncture and other physical treatments for the relief of pain due to osteoarthritis of the knee: network meta-analysis
2 Acupuncture for patients with chronic pain, Witt CM1, Jena S, Brinkhaus B, Liecker B, Wegscheider K, Willich SN