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Acupuncture Awareness Week Myth 1 ‘Acupuncture is painful’

Posted on 7th March 2017 by

This week is acupuncture awareness week and so we’re dispelling some commonly held myths about this treatment technique.

Myth Acupuncture treatment is painful

Reality Acupuncture isn’t always completely pain-free, but it’s not as bad as you might think! Acupuncture is less painful than having blood taken or an injection, as the needles are so fine. You may feel a tiny ‘sting’ as the needle goes in, but many people don’t feel anything. The discomfort you tend to experience with acupuncture while the needles are in place is a deep dull aching, known as ‘De Qi’. According to traditional Chinese practice is the stimulation of energy at that point and is a good sign the needles are doing their job.

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goPhysio FAQs: How long will my treatment last?

Posted on 12th October 2016 by

goPhysio FAQHere at goPhysio we understand that coming to see a Physiotherapist may be a bit daunting? Lots of questions may go through your mind before you decide to make an appointment……….“What will they ask me? Will it hurt? Will I have to get undressed? How do I know it’s going to help?”

We aim to provide a very caring, comfortable and professional environment for you to come and get your problem resolved.

To help answer some of the thoughts you may have if you’re unsure about picking up the phone to make an appointment, in this new blog series, we address some of the questions you may want to ask.


How long will my treatment last?

This will be determined by many factors. These can include how severe your problem is, how long you’ve had it, if you’ve developed lots of compensations, what level of activity you want to get back to……

Treatment at goPhysio will start at your first appointment. So, you’ll leave that first session already starting your recovery and armed with lots of knowledge and tools as part of your treatment programme. At this first appointment, your Physio will be able to give you an indication of how many sessions you’re likely to need. The average number of sessions that people need with us at goPhysio is 5 – 6 appointments.

Our treatment sessions are normally half hour appointments, although sometimes we recommend 45 minutes for more complex or multiple problems.

How long your recovery takes will depend on your individual progress, how you respond to treatment and also whether you follow our advice, recommendations and your home programme – all these factors will significantly influence your recovery.

If at any point you aren’t progressing as we’d expect you to or we think physiotherapy isn’t going to help, we will explain this to you and most importantly help you find someone who can. We are able to refer on to Consultants or additional tests such as MRI scans, should we think you need this. We are here to support you however we can, and often this will involve writing a comprehensive letter for you or making some calls – this is all part of our service.


Do we need a Dr-Patient ‘culture shift’?

Posted on 22nd September 2016 by

I read with interest this week about a new scheme in Wales where patients are being urged to take more control of decisions about the care and treatments they receive. The scheme, Choosing Wales Wisely, aims for a more equal doctor-patient relationship.

Central to the scheme, are 4 questions that patients should ask when seeing their Dr.

Questions to ask your doctor

Although there are fears that this move may be in an effort to cut costs, I think it’s a great initiative for patients to be inspired to take more responsibility for their own care and also explore alternatives, not just taking a single Doctor’s advice and recommendations as gospel.

The questions that this initiative proposes patients ask are certainly very valid.

If you’re suffering with musculoskeletal (MSK) pain, so issues with joints, muscles and other soft tissues, the all too common advice of take painkillers and rest just isn’t good enough. The majority of our patients at goPhysio are told this when they see their GP. Frustratingly, so many are also told that physio won’t work so don’t recommend it.

Yet, there are so many treatment options that would mean people recover faster and don’t suffer with a repeated cycle of injury. The long term benefits of this is not relying on painkillers, staying in work, being able to keep active and so the consequential health benefits of this…….the list goes on!

So, with patients being inspired to actually ask Dr’s what there options are, it may encourage Dr’s to have a broader and more open view of the valid options.

Another common misconception held by people with MSK problems is that only a scan or X Ray will actually reveal what’s going on and this is often re-enforced in a medical setting. However, research has demonstrated that this isn’t true. Many studies have found there to be changes on X Ray or scans in people with no symptoms at all and visa versa, there to be no symptoms in people with physical changes on imaging.

By patients questioning

Do I really need this?

This could avoid waiting for unnecessary and costly imaging, that actually won’t change the best treatment or management options. More often than not, treatment is the same irrelevant of what a scan or X ray shows.

A very powerful question is

What can I do to help myself?

People who take responsibility for their care are generally more likely to follow a treatment programme. So, rather than be a passive recipient of care or medication and wait for someone to ‘fix’ them, people can be empowered to help themselves.

This is a great move and people really want the right information, to be empowered with some knowledge and be directed to the right sources. There are lot’s of places to look yourself online, but without knowing the validity of the information, you can be afraid that it’s not the right thing to do. So, with a little guidance on this, patients could access relevant resources that may help them manage the problem themselves.

A core part of our management of MSK conditions at goPhysio is enabling and educating patients to help themselves. So tailored advice, an exercise programme and information about their condition. This really is key to a patient’s overall care and recovery.

Read more about the scheme here and there is also a page dedicated to managing back pain, which 8 out of 10 people will suffer with at some point in their lives.