Acupuncture & Dry Needling

Acupuncture is an ancient system of medicine and forms part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It is based on a holistic concept of treatment which regards ill health as a manifestation of imbalance in the body’s energy.

Practitioners of TCM believe that stimulating certain Acupuncture points on the body can help to restore the balance between Yin and Yang that becomes disturbed in illness.

At Cuffley clinic physiotherapists combine TCM principles with scientific evidence as a means of reducing pain and promoting healing. Acupuncture can reduce pain by stimulating the brain and spinal cord to produce natural painrelieving chemicals such as endorphins, melatonin (which promotes sleep) and serotonin (to promote well-being). These chemicals assist the body’s healing processes and offer pain relief as a precursor to other treatments such as manual therapy or exercise in order to aid recovery.

Dry Needling is an effective way to eliminate trigger points in taut muscle bands found in many acute and chronic injuries or pain syndromes.

What Can I Expect?

Acupuncture involves very fine needles being inserted into the skin via a sterile tube. The needles that we use are of one use only and are disposed of after removal from the body. A healthy muscle feels very little discomfort during acupuncture, however if the muscle is in spasm, you may experience an achy sensation or sharp scratchy sensation. Dry Needling may also elicit a twitch response which will feel like the muscle is moving around or a referral pain to another point in the body.

Acupuncture Can Help With The Following Conditions:

Muscle & Joint Problems
Acute/Chronic Injuries
Pain, Nausea, Dizziness
Arthritis & Rheumatism
Back & Neck Pain
Sports Injuries
All our physiotherapists are well trained in acupuncture and are members of AACP (Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists).

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  • Helen is a great physiotherapist! She thorough, extremely knowledgeable and very kind. Despite being busy, I never felt rushed. If the need arises I will definitely go to her again.

    Susan Warren Avatar Susan Warren
  • An inner ear problem last July that developed into vestibular neuritis led to problems with the muscles, nerves and joints in my neck which caused nausea, dizziness, vision problems as well as the usual aches and pain. In February I came to the Physio4 You team in despair. Rachel did a thorough vestibular assessment and was able to reassure me that the vestibular problem was resolved. I was then given Helen’s details for the neck issues. She has been a real Godsend. She is calm, friendly, reassuring and professional. After a thorough exam in which she listened carefully to my history of symptoms, she took time to explain what the problem was and a plan for treatment going forward. This problem has caused me real anxiety at times. She set my mind at rest that I will get better. I am still undergoing treatment but there has been a vast improvement. She takes time to answer all my questions and I always leave feeling so positive. I would thoroughly recommend their services

    Jenny Snape Avatar Jenny Snape
  • Helen is a great physio with fantastic technical knowledge. She’s also a lovely person which makes sessions really enjoyable. Thanks for the help Helen! 🙂

    Andrew Mcculloch Avatar Andrew Mcculloch
  • Excellent professional service! Helen really helped me with my injury. I would use her services again and recommend to family and friends!

    Karen Rice Watercolour Channel Avatar Karen Rice Watercolour Channel
  • Helen worked with my 88 year old Mum following her knee replacement. I was very very impressed. Personable, knowledgeable, supportive, she got my Mum full mobilised and back playing bowls. She had her operation in November 2018 and was she was back playing bowls in January 2019. My Mum has now had a refurbishment of her replacement hip and I have no hesitation in going back to her and recommending her to others.

    Karen Lane Avatar Karen Lane