What problems can acupuncture help?

  • Arthritis and rheumatism
  • Back pain and neck pain
  • Muscle and joint problems
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Acute pain and chronic pain
  • Sports injuries

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest recorded forms of medicine – it has been used in China for over 3000 years. It involves inserting a needle(s) into the body to aid disease prevention, therapy or maintenance of health.

How does it work?

Traditional Chinese acupuncture incorporates theories of “energy (Qi) flow” and attempts to improve or maintain this flow. Western style acupuncture describes its use after proper medical diagnosis. Research on western style treatment shows that the brain stimulation which occurs with needling can aid the release of the body’s natural pain relieving chemicals (endorphins). What we do know is that the effects are cumulative and whether we believe in the traditional Chinese theories or not, research shows that pain relief is real.

Who carries out acupuncture at Head2Toe Physio Clinics?

The Western style acupuncturists at our Head2Toe Dorking, Leatherhead and Crawley clinics are chartered and state registered Physiotherapists. At Dorking and Leatherhead, our acupuncturist is Anna Watson, whilst at Crawley, Mel Bowden and Laura Moore offer the treatment. Marcin Laska offers dry needling.

What happens during a treatment?

Patients will be examined, a diagnosis given and a specific treatment plan developed. After discussion with the patient, informed consent is collected before treatment commences. Our Physiotherapists may in some cases use acupuncture purely for pain relief, although normally it will be combined with other forms of Physiotherapy treatment to achieve even better results.

Is there any evidence?

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends considering the treatment for chronic low back pain (CLBP), tension-type headaches and migraines. There is also some evidence that it may be beneficial in treating neck pain and post chemotherapy nausea and vomiting. There is other positive evidence surrounding the use of acupuncture for other problems like osteoarthritis, however general concerns regarding the quality of evidence available make definite recommendation impossible at this time.