Acupuncture is one of the many skills our specially trained AACP physiotherapists use as part of a whole body approach to manage pain and inflammation.


Scientific research and clinical evidence shows that acupuncture can reduce pain by stimulating the brain and spinal cord, subsequently producing natural pain-relieving chemicals such as endorphins.  These chemicals help the body to heal and offer natural pain relief.


Acupuncture is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine where fine needles are inserted at certain sites in the body for therapeutic purposes. At St Judes we adopt a western style of acupuncture which combines the Traditional Chinese Medicine principles with scientific evidence as a means of reducing pain, inflammation and promoting healing. Acupuncture is utilised with the aim of enhancing physiotherapy treatments such as joint mobilisation, soft tissue techniques and rehabilitation to promote recovery and improve quality of life.

Why come to St Judes?
Here at St Judes, you can be reassured that our physiotherapists who carry out acupuncture are all members of the AACP (Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists) and registered with the Health & Care Professionals Council. AACP members are required to keep up to date with the latest clinical evidence and do this by attending Continuing Professional Development training courses and educational updates. Our therapists combine TCM principles with scientific evidence to reduce your pain and aid healing in order to promote recovery and improve your quality of life.

Will it help me?
Acupuncture is an excellent addition to physiotherapy but can also be used as a stand-alone treatment. It is suitable for the majority of people, but there are a few medical exceptions which we will go through with you during your assessment. (You can read the consent form here.)  After the physiotherapist has assessed you, they will make a diagnosis and decide whether acupuncture will be helpful for you.

What conditions can you treat with acupuncture?
Scientific research has examined the effectiveness of acupuncture for various conditions and recent studies have emphasised the benefits of acupuncture for tension-type headaches and the pain of osteoarthritis, e.g. osteoarthritis of the knee, especially when it is used in conjunction with physiotherapy.  We cannot list all conditions that may be helped by acupuncture, but our therapists will be very happy to discuss your individual needs.

What happens at my treatment?
Following your assessment our physiotherapist will insert very fine disposable needles into the skin at specific acupuncture points according to the nature of the imbalance. Several needles may be used during each treatment, and these are typically left in position for approximately 20 minutes before being removed.

Does it hurt?
Pain responses vary between individuals, but it is more of a mild sharp tap that is over in a couple of seconds. If you are worried about needles or pain, please speak to our therapist who will be happy to talk through the procedure with you.

Is acupuncture safe?
As our physiotherapists at St Judes are all members of the AACP we adhere to strict hygiene guidelines. The needles are disposable, pre-sterilised and individually packaged and supplied in guide-tubes for easy insertion, minimising the risk of anything touching the needle during the process.

To find out if acupuncture would benefit you, speak to one of our team at St Judes on 01525 377751.  For further information go to the AACP website.

If you have any questions about our acupuncture treatments in Leighton Buzzard, please do not hesitate to give us a call – our friendly staff will be happy to advise you further.

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