Whilst originally known as a traditional Chinese therapy, Acupuncture has been growing more mainstream over the years. It is included in physiotherapist’s scope of practice — and is therefore regulated by the Health Professions Council.
Acupuncture involves stimulating sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles which triggers the the body into producing natural substances, such as pain-relieving endorphins.
Our practitioners use acupuncture to treat a wide range of health conditions. Acupuncture is a treatment that is great for settling acute pain such as:
- chronic pain, such as back pain
- joint pain
- dental pain
- postoperative pain
How is acupuncture performed?
An initial session typically lasts 20-40 minutes and will involve an assessment of your general health, your medical history and a physical examination. You may then commence your first treatment.
Insertion of the needles
Needles are inserted into specific places on the body, which practitioners call acupuncture points.
During the session, you’ll usually be asked to sit or lie down. You may also be asked to remove some clothes so the practitioner can access certain parts of your body.
The needles used are fine and are usually a few centimetres long. The practitioners will choose specific points to place the needles based on your condition. Up to 12 points may be used during a typical session, sometimes more depending on the number of symptoms you have.
The needles may be inserted just under the skin, or deeper so they reach muscle tissue. Once the needles are in place, they may be left in position for a length of time lasting from a few minutes up to around 30 minutes.
You may feel a tingling or a dull ache when the needles are inserted but shouldn’t experience any significant pain. If you do, let your practitioner know straight away.
Is acupuncture safe?
When it’s carried out by a qualified practitioner, yes acupuncture is generally very safe. Some people experience mild, short-lived side effects such as:
- pain where the needles puncture the skin
- bleeding or bruising where the needles puncture the skin
- drowsiness / feeling sick / feeling dizzy or faint
How do I book an appointment?
Appointments can be made by calling us on 01772 435235 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.