Acupuncture is one of the many skills used in physiotherapy to help manage your symptoms. It aims to reduce pain and inflammation, and stimulate the body’s own healing chemicals. This promotes homeostasis (the bodies state of balance), which aids recovery and enhances rehabilitation. Your body is then able to achieve better results with other modalities, such as rehabilitation, strength and conditioning.

The very fine needles used in acupuncture are simply used to stimulate the flow of the QI (also know as the meridians), which channels through the body. The QI can be stimulated at skin layer, which then triggers the necessary chemical response in deeper muscles and organs.

What are the benefits of Acupunture?

  • Reduce pain with a number of MSK conditions
  • Increase function and assist with rehabilitation
  • Useful if you cannot tolerate hands-on treatment
  • Reduce inflammation and prompt the healing process
  • Can assist with relaxation
  • Help with mood
  • Relieve stress and anxiety
  •  Improve sleep

What to expect?

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Each person who performs acupuncture has a unique style, often blending aspects of Eastern and Western approaches to medicine. To determine the type of acupuncture treatment that will help you the most, your Physiotherapist at Optimum Physio may ask you about your symptoms, behaviors and lifestyle. He or she may also closely examine:

  • The parts of your body that are painful
  • The shape, coating and color of your tongue
  • The color of your face
  • The strength, rhythm and quality of the pulse in your wrist

An acupuncture session may take up to 60 minutes, although some appointments may be much shorter. A common treatment plan for a single complaint would typically involve one or two treatments a week. The number of treatments will depend on the condition being treated and its severity. In general, it’s common to receive 6 to 8 treatments.

About our physiotherapists

All our physiotherapists are registered with and regulated by the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) and the CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy). They are a highly experienced team, and many have developed advanced and extended scope qualifications in areas such as diagnostic ultrasound and injection therapy. They combine vast experience gained across all sectors – private, NHS, and many areas within professional/elite sport.

What next?

If you are suffering with pain or injury that’s stopping you do the things you enjoy or need to do, if you have niggles that are annoying you, or if you have some specific sporting/fitness challenges you want to prepare for, then we can help.

If you would like to book an appointment, or would like further information, please contact us on 0121 622 5317 or email

Private health insurance

Optimum Physio is recognised by all major private health insurers.

Depending on your insurer, you may need a GP referral before you can use your private health insurance with us. To make this process as speedy as possible, we have partnered with DocTap, who can provide same-day GP referrals to all secondary care services.  

Once you’ve got your referral (if necessary), you’ll normally be offered an appointment with one of our physiotherapists at your preferred location, within 24 hours.

Private self-fund

No need to get a GP referral if you’re paying for a physiotherapist yourself. To ensure we remain competitive, our prices are set regionally and can be found at the bottom of each clinic page.

Offers and discounts

You can also get 10% off when pre-purchasing blocks of 6 or more treatments online. We recommend you speak to a physiotherapist first to determine how many sessions you need.

Based on 97 reviews
Jugdip Nandra
Jugdip Nandra
28 February 2024
I was with elbow bursitis and back issues for several months. Qasim assessed the pain and provided acupuncture, deep tissue massage and stretching, which has helped alleviate the pain. He has shared various exercises to help prevent future reoccurrences. Qasim is calm and professional in his assessment and treatment. Would highly recommend.
Raiyaan Din
Raiyaan Din
28 February 2024
Been coming here for all my injuries and Qasim does consistent great work to my injuries. Very comfortable environment and good talk.
Mohammed Iliyas
Mohammed Iliyas
26 February 2024
Been using optimum physio for several years now, for both general maintenance work and for specific injuries. Service has been excellent always, good availability for appointments. The practitioners level of knowledge is always high and importantly, they listen very well and answer any questions. I would highly recommend!
Shakan Pitters
Shakan Pitters
22 February 2024
I been using their service for the past 7 years. As a professional boxer I sometimes pick up niggles and injuries but Qasim has always kept a very high good standards, preventing many injuries so I can focus performing to a high standards. Highly recommended!
Saeed Habz
Saeed Habz
22 February 2024
Quality stuff 👏🏼
Nadeem Shoaib
Nadeem Shoaib
8 February 2024
Very friendly & welcoming. Staff are extremely professional and knowledgeable. Highly recommended 👍🏼👍🏼
Muhammad Khalil
Muhammad Khalil
5 February 2024
I originally came to Qasim for back pain issues Two sessions everything was sorted Amazing guy Now I am regularly attending to keep my body in check I would highly recommend this place
Kuro Onwuteaka
Kuro Onwuteaka
6 December 2023
Qasim was extremely professional and gave me a thorough diagnosis of my problem and also ways to alleviate the situation in day to day movements. I definitely left Optimum Physio with a lot of clarity and clear direction on what to do moving forward!
Mohammed Akhtar
Mohammed Akhtar
6 November 2023
Great service and very knowledgeable physio. I had shoulder pain for over a year and after only 3 sessions I'm pain free with loads more mobility.


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