Acupuncture is one of the oldest recorded forms of medicine having been used for over 3,000 years in China. There are several theories as to how the effects are produced. However, research shows that acupuncture stimulates the brain to produce natural pain relieving chemicals – endorphins. It does not work for everybody and every condition, but frequently good results are achieved. The effects of acupuncture often increase as treatment progresses. Initially, the condition may worsen slightly before you feel any benefit.
Physiotherapists providing acupuncture will have completed a recognised post graduate training course and be a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists.
You will be put in a comfortable, well supported position on a treatment bed. The physiotherapist will talk you through where the needles will be placed. Points will be selected that are suitable for your condition; this may not always be at the site of pain. It is a well-controlled hygienic procedure, and single use sterile needles will be used. The needles are left in place for between 10 and 30 minutes. The physiotherapist may ‘stimulate’ the needles through the treatment; this involves twisting the needles gently.