|Acupuncture is a form of ancient Chinese medicine in which fine needles are inserted into the skin at certain points on the body for promoting healing and pain relief.
|The needles stimulate specific acupuncture points and correct imbalances in the flow of qi (energy) through channels known as meridians.
|Acupuncture can provide pain relief for various conditions such as acute lower back pain, whiplash injuries, bursitis of hips and Osteoarthritis of Knees among others.
|Acupuncture needles are extremely fine, and solid rather than hollow unlike the needles used by doctors and dentists.
|Following the initial assessment your physiotherapist will discuss if you could benefit from a course of acupuncture. You will be asked to read and sign a separate consent form before commencing the treatment.
|You may not be aware of any sensation while the acupuncture needles are being inserted. You may feel a dull ache or a tingling sensation around the needle point once they are in place. Patients often feel very relaxed and heaviness in their limbs.
|Acupuncture needles are normally left in place for about 20 – 30 minutes.
|The most commonly used points are on the arms and legs, though we often use points on the back and neck.