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Acupuncture for CP in Coventry

GlobsterGlobster Community Co-Production Group Posts: 681 Pioneering
edited July 2018 in Cerebral Palsy
My name is Jay, I looking for an acupuncture place in Coventry, who are, who are trained and qualified to treat people with Cerebral Palsy. I am also looking for a chiropractor place in Coventry, who are trained qualified to treat people Cerebral Palsy
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I would appreciate anyone advice

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  • Richard_ScopeRichard_Scope Posts: 2,731

    Scope community team

    There are several Chiropractors in Coventry @Globster but none of them mentions experience of Cerebral Palsy, the same applies to acupuncture practitioners. I would strongly advise speaking to your G.P. before visiting a chiropractor. Are you looking for a solution to a specific issue or just curious?

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  • GlobsterGlobster Community Co-Production Group Posts: 681 Pioneering
    Yes, Richard, I am looking for different way to deal with spasticity, which as increased in legs and back I can't have any more tablets or injections because of the maximum of everything Richard.
    I don't want an operation unless last option
     
    Richard do where an adult with CP hydrotherapy pool and physio together in Coventry? I appreciate your help   Richard
  • MonkeyFaceMonkeyFace Member Posts: 8 Listener
    edited July 2018
    My son Julian has CP and we did acupuncture with him two years ago. It completely dealt with his spasticity....unfortunately it is not a treatment that is possible to focalize. So his spasticity was completely dealt with...but left him weak. Much like a bad botox session did.

    He is now seeing an osteopath once a week...and oh my god...If only we knew about this before. I would suggest that above a chiropractor because they deal with spine and joints (but the muscles only to certain point) Osteopaths deal with the source of the problem...spastic muscles and work their way to the bones/joints too. Highly recommend an osteopath.
     
  • Richard_ScopeRichard_Scope Posts: 2,731

    Scope community team

    Hi @Globster
    The first place you should contact is your G.P. that is usually the pathway to access physiotherapy services. Hydrotherapy sessions are available on the NHS, and most hospitals have access to hydrotherapy pools. Any member of the healthcare team should be able to refer you to an NHS physiotherapist if they think you might benefit from hydrotherapy. In some parts of the UK, you can also refer yourself to a physiotherapist who’ll assess whether hydrotherapy would be suitable for you. Check with your GP to find out if an NHS physiotherapist in your area will accept self-referrals. 
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  • Jean_OTJean_OT Member Posts: 528 Pioneering
    Hi Jay

    Totally agree with @Richard_Scope that seeking further advice from your GP about managing your spasticity is a great idea. I understand that your prescribed medication can't be increased but exploring the NHS possibilities that Richard mentioned such as physiotherapy and hydrotherapy seems wise.  

    I'm not aware of any significant independent research which shows that either acupuncture or  chiropractic treatment are effective in treating spasticity in adults with cp.

    Also you request information about practitioners of these disciplines who are "trained and qualified to treat people with cerebral palsy" which implies that there is some sort of specialist course/exam available which I don't think is the case but you could check this out with their professional bodies.
       
    In the UK Chiropractors are regulated by a governing body https://www.gcc-uk.org/ . Acupuncture is not regulated in the same way but the biggest self-regulating body/register is: https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/

    Best Wishes
    Jean

    Jean Merrilees BSc MRCOT

    You can read more of my posts at: https://community.scope.org.uk/categories/ask-an-occupational-therapist

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