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Medical Acupuncture aims to improve and promote the body's natural self-healing process,  reduce taught or tense muscle, aid recovery and move you forward in the rehabilitation process.

Edinburgh Sports + Spinal Physiotherapy use the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin to aid in the relief of muscular pain. We do not use medical acupuncture in the treatment of pathological conditions used by Traditional Chinese Acupuncturists.

Acupuncture is a holistic approach to the management of disease and the maintenance of health, based on over 3000 years of history in the Far East. Physiotherapists use western acupuncture techniques to provide muscular pain relief.

Physiotherapists may also use acupuncture dry needling techniques in order to help reduce areas of soft tissues which have become taught or tense. This technique results in a reduction in trigger point tension, through increased blood flow to the areas.


What does the research suggest?

Research has suggested that acupuncture stimulates the body to release a number of hormones and chemicals that are naturally produced in the brain. These chemicals not only help in pain relief, but may also assist the body’s healing process.

When your physiotherapist uses acupuncture, it may be combined with a range of other treatment techniques e.g. exercise and manual therapy.

Our physiotherapists are trained to a high level of standards and use Acupunture based on the ALIED and OMT principles

  • Evidence-based application of acupuncture
  • The use of clinical reasoning to determine appropriate treatment
  • The integration of acupuncture into clinical practice


What do we do?

Edinburgh Sports + Spinal Physiotherapy are experts in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal and sports injuries.

Provided you do not have any contraindications - we may medical acupuncture and other treatment methods to help return you to your best level of function after an injury with the following approach:


  1. We’ll listen to you

We take a holistic approach and want to listen to your interests, activities, goals, and work patterns. This will give us a greater understanding about why your injury or pain came about, as well as your individual motivations to reduce pain and return to normal function.


  1. We’ll assess your injury and pain related condition

We have a number of specialist orthopaedic tests that aid us to determine a diagnosis for each joint. As well as the specific joint or muscle, we will also assess other associated joints, your general movement. This is to see if other underlying issues maybe contributing towards your problem.


  1. Before we provide acupuncture and treatment we’ll explain it all to you

Understanding your injury or pain, the cause of it and the treatment plan, is very important to gaining a full recovery, therefore we will avoid medical jargon and provide you with a succinct understandable explanation.


  1. We’ll provide treatment

As previously said, medical acupuncture is usully used in conjunction with other treatment methods. It depends on the injury, the individual, severity and whether it is acute or chronic. We therefore may use: massage, joint mobilisation, manipulation, muscle energy techniques, and taping. The aim of the acupuncture is to reduce pain or reduce taught trigger points. Hands on treatment is to reduce your pain levels and restore your range of movement. Taping will help support the injured area or facilitate your normal movement.


  1. Rehabilitation

We use evidence based and researched exercise therapy. A tailored plan will be composed and explained to help you self manage your problem at home. Videos of exercises will be emailed to you following your appointment or we can provide an appropriate exercise program.

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Comely Bank Clinic

52 Learmonth Grove, Edinburgh, EH41BN


Richard is a top physio and knows exactly what he is speaking about! He was specific with information and able to identify my injury and gave me rest time and appropriate recovery exercises to get me playing rugby again asap! Would highly recommend him to anyone having problems! Mark

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Highly Recommend

Excellent treatment and advice from a knowledgeable and professional physiotherapist. Adept at answering questions and addressing any concerns I had. I felt very involved with my treatment as my goals were taken into account and treatment was tailored to these. Would recommend to anyone in need of an excellent physiotherapist. Angus

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“I worked with Richard at Edinburgh Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy when I was recovery from an ACL reconstruction. His knowledge and understanding is excellent. We worked together to put a detailed return to running plan specific to the hamstring graft that was taken during surgery. I would definitely recommend this clinic and Richard”.

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“I have used other NHS and private physio services as well as chiropractors in the past without success and so came to Richard. Richard is a Physio who listens and understands your situation. After an initial assessment he will then organise a detailed treatment plan. I would highly recommend anyone with back pain to see him”.

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“Richard was very welcoming and provided an excellent service. After only 2 visits he had managed to eliminate all discomfort and pain in my neck. He explained what was going on and used different techniques to get speedy results. I would definitely recommend Richard to anyone and everyone who is looking for a physiotherapist in Edinburgh!”

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