What Is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of therapy in which very fine needles are inserted into the skin at specifically designated points.
Will it work for me?
Research has shown that most people gain relief from pain with acupuncture, although it does not work for everyone and every condition. The effects are cumulative with pain relief building up as treatment progresses. Occasionally, the condition worsens temporarily before it starts to improve.
Is acupuncture safe?
Your treatment will be carried out by a chartered physiotherapist. The needles used are disposable and pre-sterilised. Acupuncture is generally very safe. Serious side effects are very rare- less than one per 10,000 treatments. You need to be aware that:
Drowsiness occurs after treatment in a small number of patients and if affected, you are advised not to drive.
Minor bleeding or bruising occurs in acupuncture in about 3% of treatments
Pain during treatment occurs in about 1% of treatments
Existing symptoms can get worse after treatment (less than 3% of patients). You should tell your physiotherapist about this, but it is usually a good sign.
Fainting can occur in certain patients, particularly at first treatment.
In addition, If there are particular risks that apply ion your case, your practitioner will discuss these with you.
Will it hurt?
This is the most common question when needles are used. When the fine needles are inserted it gives rise to a sensation like a pin prick, which should give only temporary discomfort. Sensation of numbness, aching or heaviness may be felt as part of effective stimulation.
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