What will happen?

All of our acupuncture treatments are carried out by our fully qualified and AACP certified physiotherapist's in either Winchester or Alresford. After obtaining a detailed background of your medical history, and your current condition, our acupuncturist's will perform a thorough physical examination.

If it is decided that acupuncture is a useful stand alone or adjunct to your treatment, you will be asked to assume the most appropriate position for the body part to be treated. You may be asked to undress to allow the acupuncturist to access the relevant parts of your body.

The needles are placed in specific parts of the body relevant to your disorder. All needles are single use and sterile. In a session, typically between 1 and 12 acupuncture points will be used, with needles inserted at varying depths depending on location and desired effect. Needles may be left in for up to 30 minutes.

When the needles are inserted you may feel a tingling sensation or a dull ache. You should not feel significant pain and you should advise your acupuncturist immediately if this is the case.

Clinical uses

Acupuncture can be used as an adjunct to holistic treatment for a variety of disorders including:

  • Headache/migraine
  • Back pain
  • Joint pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Dental pain
  • Post operative pain
  • Nausea/vomitting
  • Infertility
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia


All our Winchester physiotherapist's who undertake acupuncture do so having undergone significant post-graduate training. Acupuncture is safe and serious side effects are very rare.

Short-term side effects can occur in approximately 10% of patients, including:

  • Bleeding at the site of insertion
  • Pain or irritation at the site of insertion
  • Drowsiness and/or dizzyness
  • Worsening of symptoms

Some patients are not suitable for acupuncture and this will be identified in the initial examination.

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