What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture uses thin, sterile, single-use needles inserted into various areas of the body to treat pain, tension and aid recovery. It is a treatment traditionally used in China for over 2000 years but now frequently use in Western medicine for a wide variety of conditions, such as chronic pain, muscle spasm, tennis elbow and migraines. Acupuncture can easily be combined with other physiotherapy treatment techniques to address a number of issues.
What to expect
Initially, a physiotherapy assessment of your condition is carried out to determine the best location for the needles. Your full medical history and any potential issues with treatment will be discussed. You will be encouraged to ask questions and then asked to read and sign a consent to treatment form if you wish to proceed. As people may often be nervous of their first session and in order to determine the therapeutic effect of acupuncture on a new person, the treatment is kept light and it is recommended people allow approximately 5 minutes after treatment to rest and ensure they are feeling well before leaving. Please also ensure you have a snack prior to treatment.
As part of the treatment, needles may be placed local to the area of pain, but also in other areas of the body to complement the treatment process. During treatment the needles may be rotated to increase their effectiveness. Each treatment is tailored to the individual.
Please click on the link for the AACP website for more information.