Traditional belief is that energy flows freely through the body via channels and acupuncture helps to restore the healthy flow of energy in the body and restore normal and balanced bodily function. Acupuncture combined with physiotherapy is now widely accepted.
It is viewed by physiotherapists as complementary, rather than alternative therapy and should be used alongside other management strategies, such as exercise.
Yes it has been scientifically proven and researched to be effective, but it does not work for all. Success can depend on a number of several factors, which include; general health, the severity and duration of the condition, how the condition has been managed in the past. No two people are the same and it is one of the strengths of acupuncture that we treat people individually to get better results. If you know someone who has experienced acupuncture you may find it helpful to discuss the process before deciding on treatment.
Treatment will consist of the aseptic insertion of pre-sterilised single use fine needles. The needle insertion will feel like a mild pinprick and should only give temporary discomfort. Once needles are in place you may feel a mild ache, numbness, warmth or heavy sensation at and around the needle. This should not be unpleasant. This is referred to as “De Qi” and is a sign that the body’s inbuilt pain-relieving mechanisms are being stimulated.
Your physiotherapist may gently stimulate the needle until you experience the De Qi. This may be repeated throughout your treatment.
Most commonly a treatment will involve the insertion of between 2-16 needles. Needles can be in place for as little as a few seconds or 1-2 minutes. More commonly needles will be in place for between 10-30 minutes.
It is advisable to eat before having acupuncture, and not to attend if you are suffering a severe cold or flu.
Minor side effects:
Dry needling is a technique of inserting acupuncture needles into trigger points (tight sensitive area in the muscles), to relieve pain and restore movement. Dry needling involves the same sterile techniques as used for acupuncture.
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