We are delighted to confirm that our founder, Lucy Blick, has commenced training to become an AACP (Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists) accredited physiotherapist, following the evidence-based western medical approach to acupuncture.
For information, the AACP is the largest professional body for acupuncture in the UK; a membership organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists, practicing medical acupuncture.
More detail can be found on their website here: https://www.aacp.org.uk/
Why is acupuncture within the scope of physiotherapy?
Lucy confirms, ‘I have been looking to complete the course, and qualify in the delivery of acupuncture care, for some time. I believe acupuncture is a natural progression in the overall delivery of professional physiotherapy care and a great addition to the existing physiotherapy care we provide’.
The AACP website confirms ‘Physiotherapists are the largest group of medical professionals in the UK practising acupuncture. The vast majority of acupuncture treatments in the UK is for musculoskeletal (physiotherapy requiring) conditions.
AACP members are Chartered Physiotherapists who had full medical training and in addition many have worked at least for one year with patients in a hospital setting or in private practice, before starting their acupuncture learning.’
What are the additional benefits?
A qualified AACP physiotherapist looks at an integrated approach to the management of aches, pain and, where apparent, inflammation. This is where acupuncture can feature as part of an overall care process in helping the body’s natural chemicals to be produced. These assist the body’s healing processes and offer pain relief as a precursor to other treatments such as manual therapy and exercise in order to aid recovery.
Clinical evidence, along with scientific research, has shown that acupuncture can reduce pain by stimulating the brain and spinal cord to produce natural pain-relieving chemicals, such as endorphins, melatonin (which promotes sleep) and serotonin (to promote well-being), as examples.