Acupuncture for Pain Relief
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body. The needles stimulate the nerve to block the pain message to the brain and also stimulate the brain to produce endorphins – the body’s natural painkillers.
Who is qualified to carry out Acupuncture?
Chartered physiotherapists can provide acupuncture once they have completed postgraduate training.
Is Acupuncture safe?
Yes, generally very. Serious side effects are rare, (less than 1:10,000 treatments). Your physiotherapist will use sterile disposable needles. We ask you to check the list below and inform your physiotherapist if any of the following apply to you:
- Pacemaker/electrical implant
- Bleeding disorders
- Anti-coagulation medication e.g. warfarin
- Prone to fits, faints or funny turns
- Allergies to metal
- Fear of needles
What should I expect during treatment?
The physiotherapist will discuss the appropriate positioning of the needles with you. Some people report a sharp sensation as the needle is inserted. Remember, these needles are generally 6 times thinner than an injection needle. Some people report no discomfort at all.
The needles can be left in for between 5 and 30mins depending on your condition and response.
Your physiotherapist may stimulate the needles by moving them while they are in place. On removal of needles there may be minor bleeding or bruising but it only occurs in 3% of treatments and you should not be concerned.
What should I expect after treatment?
Sometimes pain is significantly reduced immediately. Usually it reduces with a short course of treatment. Some people feel a little sore post- treatment (less than 3%). This can be a natural response.
Some people also feel tired or relaxed after treatment, so we ask that you do not rush off immediately afterwards acupuncture.