AACP –Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists

Acupuncture from a Chartered Physiotherapist is a scientifically-proven way to relieve pain and improve health, mobility and exercise tolerance.

MEMBERS of the AACP are Chartered Physiotherapists who having completed a three- to four year degree course, go on to extend their expertise with specialist training in the practice of acupuncture. This unique combination of acupuncture with other physiotherapy treatments enables AACP members to offer new enhanced solutions to a range of conditions.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine, which has now been adopted by the Western world and mainstream healthcare. Chinese medicine believes that a healthy body must have a free flow of energy or Qi (pronounced “Chi”).

Acupuncture influences the flow of Qi through the insertion of needles at specific points in the body that relate to particular health problems. Modern scientific research has shown conclusively that acupuncture stimulates the brain to produce natural pain-relieving chemicals called endorphins. These chemicals assist the body to heal itself and gain pain relief.

What is Acupuncture used for?

If you are suffering from pain or discomfort that is limiting your lifestyle or affecting your health then acupuncture could be beneficial. Research has shown that 70% of people gain relief from pain with acupuncture, often where conventional medicine has been unsuccessful. There is nothing ‘spiritual’ about acupuncture and you do not have to ‘believe’ in it for it to work. The effects of acupuncture are cumulative and most patients require a series of treatments. Some of the conditions helped by acupuncture are listed in the table.

Caroline from Cardiff had suffered from back problems for two years. Her overall health was suffering and the pain made it difficult for her to work. Having tried a range of options, Caroline tried physiotherapy blended with acupuncture from an AACP member. “I didn’t really know what acupuncture was but I was in so much discomfort I would try anything. The relief was remarkable.

The pain eased and I was able to do more exercise. I am, now back at work and would definitely consider acupuncture from the outset if I ever had another problem.”


  • Pain, acute/chronic injuries
  • Muscle and joint problems
  • Back and neck pain
  • Headaches, nausea, dizziness
  • Sports injuries
  • Arthritis, rheumatism and fibromyalgia
  • Skin conditions
  • Breathing difficulties: hayfever, asthma
  • Stress
  • Womens’ health issues
  • Strokes, multiple sclerosis (MS)

The partnership of professional physiotherapy with the pain relief provided by acupuncture, maximizes the potential for health improvements.

What should a patient expect?

Chartered physiotherapists will perform a thorough assessment in order to determine the nature and source of pain or dysfunction, and plan an individualised treatment programme. When acupuncture is used, it may be combined with a range of other treatment techniques such as exercise and manual therapy and will usually include advice on lifestyle and counselling. When needles are inserted, a temporary sensation or mild discomfort at the most, is felt. This should not be painful.

Is Acupuncture safe?

AACP members are bound by the Association’s strictest hygiene safety standards. This means that they only use pre-sterilised single use disposable needles. If you are a blood donor, ask your practitioner for an AACP certificate, recognised by the National Blood Transfusion Service.

For information regarding Physiomatter’s Acupuncturist Kim Rowe please click on our physiotherapy page