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Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into soft tissue. There are different types of acupuncture and these include:

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): which can be traced back as far as 1000BC and aims to relieve pain through restoring Qi (energy flow)
  • Western acupuncture: aims to reduce pain by stimulating areas of the brain and spinal cord which produce pain relieving chemicals such as endorphins, melatonin and serotonin, and encouraging blood flow to the affected areas.

Research supports the effectiveness of acupuncture for pain relief and it is therefore used by physiotherapists as part of a comprehensive treatment plan ... read more

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Gym Class Information

Ashford & St Peters hospital Physiotherapy departments host a variety of classes. Depending on why you have been referred to physiotherapy, your physiotherapist will have chosen the most suitable class for you ... read more

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Hydrotherapy at St Peter's

Hydrotherapy is treatment using therapeutic exercises in a heated pool environment. It utilises the warmth of the water to relax muscles and relieve pain. The buoyancy in the water can be used to assist movement to gain range or resist movement to increase strength.

There is a chartered physiotherapist to help, who will be in the water and a physiotherapy assistant helping around the sides of the pool. You do not need to be able to swim to benefit from hydrotherapy, however if you can not swim or are fearful of going in water, please discuss this with your physiotherapist as other forms of treatment can be offered. ... read more

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Miami J® Cervical Collars: Fitting and Care

Your doctor has determined that wearing a Miami J ® Cervical Collar will aid in your rehabilitation. The purpose of this collar is to maintain your neck in an appropriate position and limiting the movement of your neck to aid healing.

This leaflet will explain the things that you should do to care for and use your Miami J ® Cervical Collar ... read more

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Physiotherapy in pain management

Patients can be referred to physiotherapy from the pain clinic to help them build a management program for their problem/ condition. This booklet has been created to help you understand what to expect from physiotherapy before your first visit ... read more