Acupuncture originated from ancient Chinese medicine and is now practiced worldwide, both within Chinese medicine and western medicine. Acupuncture has become more accepted by western medicine in the last 30 years and as it has grown so too has the scientific evidence. The advantages of using acupuncture are well documented and include an immediate reduction in pain and a restoration of movement.
What does acupuncture involve?
It involves fine needles being inserted into the muscle, which ‘fool’ the body into thinking it is being injured, therefore producing and releasing pain-relieving substances and hormones to the area of pain.
Acupuncture is rarely a stand-alone treatment and is used in a broader sports therapy approach with the addition of massage, mobilisation and exercise.
It is also great for chronic conditions that conventional treatments have been unable to treat such as arthritis, long term back pain, headaches and sciatica.
What can I expect from acupuncture?
A healthy muscle feels very little discomfort during acupuncture, however if the muscle is in spasm you may experience an achy sensation or a sharp stretchy sensation where the needle enters the skin.
With certain points in the muscle, you may also feel a twitch or feel like the muscle has jumped.
This is a normal sensation around a trigger point or knot within the muscle and is responsible for speeding up the healing process and reducing tension.
The needles are one-use, sterile needles which after they have been removed from the body are disposed of in a Sharps bin, and are then incinerated.
Are there any risks associated with acupuncture?
There are very few risks associated with acupuncture, but it is possible to get mild temporary adverse reactions including bleeding, bruising, drowsiness or dizziness.
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