Community Acupuncture Service
Aims and objectives of service
This service aims to treat the symptoms of pain with sessions of acupuncture. This service is suitable for people with acute (short-term) pain or chronic (long-term) pain, particularly when painkillers have not been effective, or if there are medical reasons why the patient cannot take stronger painkillers.
The Community Acupuncture Service offers a course of treatment for painful conditions, in a Health Centre or other clinic close to the patient’s home. The service is delivered by physiotherapists with specialist training in acupuncture treatment.
Many people in the UK have acupuncture treatment for painful conditions each year. Studies have shown that acupuncture is most effective in helping ease the symptoms of the following conditions;
- Neck Pain
- Knee Pain
- Shoulder Pain
Other painful conditions can also be treated with acupuncture.
At the first session, the clinician discusses the treatment plan and explains the acupuncture procedure to the patient. The patient is made comfortable and then thin, sterile needles are inserted into specific points on the body. The needles stay in for around 20-30 minutes and are then removed and disposed of – the needles are never re-used.
Acupuncture needles do not contain any medication. During acupuncture treatment, the patient’s body releases its own natural painkilling hormones, called endorphins. This makes acupuncture suitable for people who are unable to take painkilling medications.
Acupuncture treatments are normally done on a weekly basis.
Days / hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 8am – 5:30 pm.
People who are over the age of 18, and are registered with a Nottingham City GP.
Patients who have serious, medically uncontrolled heart conditions are not able to access the service. Women who are up to 30 weeks pregnant can only access the service with the agreement of their GP and Obstetrician.
Access: Via Clinical Assessment Service (CAS)
Referral by: GP
Service availability: City