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.