Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine sterile needles into the skin at key points. Its use has increased significantly in the west since it was introduced in the 1970s. This is partly due to a growing body of evidence, which led to its inclusion in the NICE guidelines.
Acupuncture is generally used to treat a wide range of conditions. Physiotherapists specifically use its ability to stimulate natural pain killers to treat pain and desensitise tissues. This type of acupuncture is usually referred to as medical acupuncture. We often tend to combine it with manual techniques and exercise to get the best results.
Is acupuncture for me?
You will be given a full assessment before being offered acupuncture and we will help you to decide if acupuncture is the best treatment option for you. We do not use acupuncture for pregnant women, those with unstable heart conditions, metal allergies, or those taking blood thinners.
What to expect
You will be given a thorough assessment before being recomended to try a course of acupuncture. If you are hoping to have acupuncture on the first session make sure you have eaten something within two hours of coming to see us. After deciding that acupuncture is appropriate, we will clean the area we wish to treat and usually insert 8 to 15 needles. Needles remain in for around 20 minutes, during which time we may use various subtle techniques to stimulate them.
Patients often report feelings of heaviness, heat, flowing or tingling during this time. We will ensure that you are not experiencing any adverse effects and usually suggest waiting for around ten minutes before driving. Sessions are usually repeated weekly.