Acupuncture Colchester, Essex 

Colchester Physiotherapy & Sports Clinic can offer effective acupuncture in Colchester, Essex and the surrounding areas. Acupuncture is a treatment modality that can be used in conjunction with physiotherapy to help reduce pain and create a more optimal environment for healing to take place. Natural pain relieving chemicals can be produced when the body is stimulated with acupuncture physiotherapy. These chemicals include endorphins, melatonin and serotonin. 
Physiological reactions occur locally in soft tissue as well as the brain and spinal cord when a needle is inserted into soft tissue, these reactions can assist in healing and offer pain relief when used together with other physiotherapeutic modalities like manual therapy, exercise and advice. 
Electro-acupuncture is another form of acupuncture which can be used to boost needle stimulation and increase the pain-relieving effects of acupuncture. During Electro-acupuncture an electrical current that is similar to what is used in a TENs machine is transmitted to soft tissue via a circuit between two needles. Use of TENs via acupuncture is particularly beneficial for neuropathic pain (pain which originates from nerve irritation). 

Acupuncture Physiotherapy in Colchester, Essex 

At our clinic we have qualified physiotherapists that can deliver acupuncture physiotherapy in Colchester. This treatment is given to patients who we feel would benefit from this type of intervention. 
In recent years, many studies have examined how efficient acupuncture and electro-acupuncture is managing musculoskeletal conditions. These conditions include chronic pain, osteoarthritis, and sports injuries. 
Many patients report positive outcomes from acupuncture. This includes pain relief, improved mobility, and enhanced overall well-being. But, it's essential to note that individual responses may vary, and it may not be suitable for everyone. 

Physiological Effects of Acupuncture 

Modern science has shed light on how acupuncture works. When the needles are inserted into acupoints, they stimulate reflexes that: 
Activate Peripheral Nerves: The needles trigger nerve responses, sending signals to your brain. 
Transmit Sensory Information: These signals travel from your spinal cord to your brain. 
Modulate Physiology: Acupuncture influences various bodily functions, such as pain perception, inflammation, and relaxation 

Conditions Acupuncture can Treat 

Electro-Acupuncture in Colchester, Essex 

At our physiotherapy clinic, we offer electro-acupuncture in Colchester. Which is part of a comprehensive treatment approach tailored to each patient's unique needs. Our qualified practitioners ensure safe and effective delivery of these therapies, following high standards of practice and hygiene. 
We believe in providing evidence-based care. Electro-acupuncture may offer potential benefits for certain conditions, like chronic pain, osteoarthritis, and sports injuries. 
We also incorporate other evidence-supported interventions to optimise our patients' outcomes. 
If you're considering electro-acupuncture as part of your treatment plan, consult with one of our experienced physiotherapists. We will discuss whether this therapy is suitable for you and how it can complement your rehabilitation goals. 


How does Acupuncture work? 
Acupuncture is a treatment where fine needles are used to stimulate nerves in the skin and muscles. This creates physiological effects in the body which can help relieve pain and discomfort. 
An electrical current, like that produced by a TENs machine, can be passed through needles to aid in stimulating nerves. If this procedure is used then we refer to this as Electro-Acupuncture. 
What is Electro-Acupuncture? 
Electro-acupuncture takes traditional acupuncture a step further. 
In this technique, small electrical currents are applied to the acupuncture needles. This gentle stimulation enhances the effects of acupuncture. This makes it more effective for pain relief, muscle relaxation, and other conditions. 
What is Acupuncture? 
Acupuncture and electro-acupuncture are complementary therapies that have gained popularity within physiotherapy practices in the UK. 
Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body. This stimulates nerve endings, muscles, and connective tissues. 
Electro-acupuncture combines traditional acupuncture with a mild electric current through the needles. 
What does Acupuncture treat? 
At the clinic we use Acupuncture or Electro-Acupuncture to provide clients with: 
Pain relief for Chronic conditions like Back pain, Migraines and Arthritis. 
To assist with rehabilitation of Musculoskeletal conditions and Sports injuries 
Relief from Nerve related pain 
Many people we treat with these conditions find acupuncture useful in reducing stress, improving calmness and sleep. 
“Work in the building trade so always hurting myself in some way and Craig always seems to fix me up, also suffered from migraines from a young age, struggled to get help with them till seeing Craig who suggested acupuncture and now I’m am getting acupuncture every 2 weeks and is helping tremendously with my migraines, cannot recommend Craig enough!!!” 
Matthew - 19 Sept 2019 
"Some months ago I had to see Craig with a recurrence of lower back pain, something I have suffered from for over 50 years. It will flair up every now and again usually after I have done something that I know I should not. After several consultations with Craig in which he carried out some massage and acupuncture and gave me several exercises to undertake it allowed the back to return to a non painful condition. Craig suggested I saw Carl to start a programme of muscle strengthening exercises to help reduce the possibility of me causing further damage. I saw Carl 5 times during which he monitored my pain free movements and gave me a variety of exercises to increase strength and flexibility as well as improve my balance. I have now got to a situation where I feel able to continue the exercises knowing that if I need I can go back to Carl. I am happy to recommend to other back pain sufferers that they see Carl to check whether by moving onto a regular exercise programme they can live with less painful episodes." 
Andy - 21 November 2022 


Craig Fowlie 

Senior Physiotherapist with a Masters Degree in  
Sports & Exercise Medicine 

Jane Marr 

Senior Physiotherapist with a Masters Degree in 
Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy 

Amy Eade 

Senior Physiotherapist 
Cancer Care Specialist 

Kath Birks 

Sports Massage Therapist 

Carl Green 

Senior Physiotherapist 
Specialist Musculoskeletal 

Our Accreditations 

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