Podiatric Medical Acupuncture is an adaptation of traditional Chinese acupuncture, using knowledge of anatomy and physiology to stimulate the body's healing processes.
Acupuncture: An Overview
Medical Acupuncture in terms of Podiatry is a therapy involving the insertion of very fine needles into the feet and lower legs, it is an adaptation of Chinese Acupuncture using advanced knowledge of anatomy and physiology. The needles help to stimulate local healing, analgesia and muscle relaxation due to increased blood flow to the area undergoing treatment.
There are a large number of conditions that Acupuncture can help to treat and some of those include:
- Osteoarthritis pain in the knee, ankle or toe joints
- Plantar fasciitis pain or general heel pain
- Achilles tendon pain
- Diabetic neuropathic pain (a burning sensation in the toes or feet)
- Oedema (swelling) of the ankles
- Recovery of sprain related injuries
- Excessive sweating of the feet
- Treatment of cold feet including Raynauds
- Assisting the reduction of scar tissue
This is a small selection of the potential ailments that Acupuncture can assist with, if you're experiencing any discomfort or pain in feet or lower legs please don't hesitate to get in touch and we can discuss an appropriate treatment plan.
Acupuncture: The Appointment
A typical Acupuncture appointment will last around 30 minutes and we always recommend that at least 3 treatments are booked to feel the full benefit over a period of 3 weeks. It's worth noting that Diabetic patients are suitable for Acupuncture treatment and it can provide pain relief amongst other secondary benefits. It can also be helpful throughout pregnancy though certain Acupuncture points will be avoided.
When attending your appointment we would ask that you wear loose trousers or shorts. We will take a full medical history and the current pain or discomfort that you are experiencing will be discussed. Prior to treatment the appropriate points on the feet and legs will be ‘mapped’ so that the Acupuncture session is tailored to your needs.
The needles are inserted and stimulated for around 20 minutes. We use specialist Acupuncture needles which are sterile, single use and silicone coated - designed to provide excellent insertion and gliding properties for maximum patient comfort. After the needles have been removed the areas that have been treated will be massaged with an appropriate oil or emollient selected specifically for your needs.
Acupuncture: Book an Appointment
If you'd like to book an Acupuncture appointment with Walk Right Podiatry just get in touch. Our location on Drake Street in Rochdale means we're easily accessible from the whole of the Greater Manchester area. We can usually offer appointments within 24-48 hours and we'll always try to accommodate emergency appointments where possible.