Acupuncture & Electro-acupuncture

As a private clinic providing Physiotherapy services in Runcorn Cheshire, we often use acupuncture and electro-acupuncture as part of our treatment plan. Located in Runcorn Old Town we are ideally placed to provide services to the wider area of Widnes, Warrington and Halton.

Both acupuncture and electro-acupuncture are among the many skills used within physiotherapy, forming an integrated approach to the management of pain and inflammation. Assisting the body’s healing process and offering pain relief, acupuncture acts as a precursor for other manual or exercise therapies to increase efficacy. Acupuncture within physiotherapy is used in the framework of evidence based practice. Each Physiotherapist at PremierPhysio who practices acupuncture is a member of the AACP (Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists) and as such is bound by a code of professional conduct.

The effectiveness of acupuncture can be greatly increased with the use of electro-acupuncture. This involves passing a pulsed electrical current through one or more pairs of needles. The sensation is similar to that of a TENS machine. Having tried electro-acupuncture, few people want to return to manual acupuncture.

"My first experience of acupuncture and ultrasound was a complete success and I have recommended PremierPhysio to all my friends."

Freddy, Widnes Cheshire


Acupuncture the origins.

Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine dating back as far as 300BC. According to the traditional principles, our health is dependent on the body's vital energy known as Qi moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of meridians or channels. The QI circulates within the deeper organs of the body, but connects to the superficial skin. In a normal healthy body, a balance (homeostasis) exists between these systems.

This flow or Qi can be disrupted by many factors; physical, mental or emotional. This results in pain and inflammation, or weakness and exhaustion. Treatment with acupuncture aims to restore the body systems to a state of homeostasis, using needles to unblock the merdians.

Acupuncture has gained increasing popularity in the Western world since the 1950's due to the development of diagnostic equipment that enables researchers to 'visualise' its effects.

These effects include:

- Stimulation of the brain and spinal cord to produce natural pain relieving chemicals, such as endorphins and encephalins.

- Stimulation of nerves that prevent pain signals being transmitted to the brain (the pain gate)

- Release of hormones that promote relaxation & sleep such as melatonin

- Release of serotonin to promote well being

- Trigger point Acupuncture to facilitate relaxation in specific muscles

When will I feel an improvement?

Each condition must be assessed individually but the effects of acupuncture can be significant after one session. From the literature & clinical experience, acupuncture has a cumulative effect, so a course of treatment is recommended for maximum benefit to be gained.


Information on the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists can be found at:

Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists