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Acupuncture

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a treatment for pain relief, originating from China. It has been practiced for over 2000 years for a wide range of conditions: improving fertility, treating anxiety, relief from headaches and musculoskeletal pain relief. It is commonly used alongside other physiotherapy treatments for pain relief and to reduce muscle tightness.

An acupuncture treatment stimulates the body to produce pain relieving and stress-relieving chemicals, such as endorphins, oxytocin and serotonin. It can also promote better sleep health due to the increased release of melatonin. The effects of the treatment can help reduce sensitivity to pain in all areas of the body. Acupuncture is particularly effective in the treatment of headaches and migraines.

What to expect from an acupuncture treatment?

Acupuncture uses very fine needles and should not be painful. A sharp scratch can be felt as the needle is inserted and a dull ache, numbness, warmth or tingling may be felt during the treatment. Often the needles are not felt at all.

Treatments vary depending on the individual and the condition being treated. They can range from a few seconds to 30 minutes and typically use 1 to 10 needles. A course of 6-10 treatments is usually recommended, however some people may only need one or two sessions. It is usually clear after 3 sessions if acupuncture will be effective for you. For optimal outcomes it is used in conjunction with other treatments during your physiotherapy appointment at Flawless Physio.

What’s the difference between acupuncture and dry needling?

These two treatments are very similar. They both use the very fine steal needles and can use the same points on the body. Acupuncture, as explained above, is a treatment that has been used for thousands of years, dry needling is relatively new. Acupuncture typically uses specific points along the meridian lines of the body which come from the Chinese medicine. With dry needling the therapist does not use these set meridian points but finds areas of tightness or tender points, sometimes referred to as trigger points, within a muscle. Treatment duration varies, acupuncture typically being longer treatment sessions lasting from 10-30 minutes and dry needling is often a few seconds to a minute or two.

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Charles Muzard
13:04 24 Sep 18
I was recommended to see James by my consultant following surgery to my ankle. He was extremely professional and knowledgable. He motivated me throughout the process and I have now returned to long distance running thanks to his help. I would recommend his services to anyone
David Burns
David Burns
19:32 08 Sep 18
Awesome team. I ended up having to seek out treatment when my back went into spasm (on going problem) whilst down visiting friends. I saw James and he was very professional and through with his treatment. More importantly he gave me a better understanding about what was going on and how to manage my injury in the future. Highly recommended!
James Tatham
James Tatham
08:03 20 Sep 18
I received treatment from Vicky for a very stiff and painful neck, possibly brought on by tension. I felt confident that my therapist was knowledgeable. The service was very friendly and professional and I felt good progress from the first session already. Vicky recommended some exercises and explained how to do them with very clear diagrams and instructions. I would highly recommend Vicky
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Tiziana Guffanti
17:23 29 Aug 18
I would highly recommend Flawless Physio. Excellent knowledge/treatment and also brilliant customer care - following up and giving advice. Tailored rehab to suit the type and level of sport as well as lifestyle. My wife & I have been treated by both James & Victoria and they have both been great. Will continue to use for any future injury & rehab.
Joe Gomes
Joe Gomes
19:11 30 Mar 19
I saw Victoria for my dodgy shoulder, and she was brilliant. Very professional And knowledgeable, she really took time to explain what was going on and to treat it. She followed up with me to check I was getting on well with the exercises. She is also really accommodating with timings for appointments. I couldn't recommend more highly, thank you Victoria!
Fiona Hall
Fiona Hall
08:35 27 Mar 19
First class. Had 4 or 5 appointments with Victoria that were always late in the evening, although you wouldn't know it. She took her time, whether that be on soft tissue work, explaining how to do an exercise, or the purpose behind it. A genuine person that wants to help and she clearly knows her stuff.
Jamie Moles
Jamie Moles
21:14 20 Jan 19
Went to flawless physio and vic was great! Training for a marathon and she was very understanding and helpful. Living in the Twickenham area so was in great location! Her specialist knowledge in knee injuries was able to get me back running in two weeks 🏃🏼‍♀️
Ruth Herlihy
Ruth Herlihy
23:44 25 Jan 19
I injured my leg (ITB) training for the Berlin Marathon and then made it far worse it by trying to run it. Victoria has been essential in my recovery, helping me understand how to strengthen the right muscle groups and get back to running. I have been very impressed by the depth of knowledge and insight. This weekend I will run the Cancer Research 10km. Thank you!
Paul Carpenter
Paul Carpenter
17:02 28 Jan 19
Really impressed with the service provided at Flawless Physio. Vicky was knowledgeable, professional and her invaluable treatment and advice got me to the start of this year’s marathon when I’d had to stop running with 8weeks to go. Without the advice and care I received at Flawless Physio, at best I’d have limped my way round the course and at worst, not been able to take part at all. Definitely recommend!
Katy Gomes
Katy Gomes
11:03 30 May 19
James helped resolve a hamstring injury that had troubled me for the best part of a year. I'll certainly use Flawless Physio for any future issues. Highly recommended.
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