Acupuncture is a form of treatment that physiotherapists use to treat a range of musculoskeletal problems and injuries. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into different points on the body. The insertion of the acupuncture needles stimulates blood flow. This promotes healing by bringing oxygen and nutrients to the injured or damaged area. The needles also cause the body to release endorphins. These endorphins are the body's "natural pain killers" and so an analgesic effect can be achieved without the use of medication.
Acupuncture can be used for a wide range of conditions including joint pain, back pain, neck pain and soft tissue injuries, golfers/tennis elbow, sciatica, swelling and inflammation, headaches and migraines, jaw related pain and osteoarthritis. Acupuncture is particularly well supported in the treatment of neck pain and headaches.
In a typical treatment session, your physiotherapist will ask for your medical history and assess you, before inserting acupuncture needles. Acupuncture treatment sessions last anywhere from 15 to 40 minutes, depending upon the condition being treated. Needles are inserted into "acupuncture points" on the body- there are over 300 of these points. Once the needles are in place, your physiotherapist will stimulate them at regular intervals to encourage blood flow and endorphin release.
Yes. When done by a qualified therapist, acupuncture is an extremely safe treatment choice. The needles used are sterile and are used only once and then discarded. There is usually little or no bleeding. There are fewer adverse effects associated with acupuncture than with many standard medications.
Acupuncture is not painful. When the needles are first inserted, you may feel a "nipping sensation - no more painful than plucking a hair. This normally subsides in seconds. Patients generally use the words "warm" "heavy" or "tingling" to describe how the acupuncture area feels during treatment.
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