What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a technique in which a trained professional can stimulate specific points in the body through the use of inserting thin needles through the skin. Acupuncture is one of the oldest medicines used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).
TCM aim to restore the yin yang balance to restore the body back to its natural equilibrium. A western approach applies an evidenced pain physiology to acupuncture and assists with successful rehabilitation from injuries with the combined effects of acupuncture, education, and targeted exercise.
What can acupuncture help?
Research has suggests that acupuncture can ease pain, mostly chronic pain such as low back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis / knee pain. It can also reduce the frequency of headaches including tension headaches and migraine headaches.
Acupuncture can also assist with rehabilitation of most injuries and even helps with pain modulation with acute injuries which can make movement and rehabilitation more bearable.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture has very little side effects and complications.
Acupuncture needles are sterile, non toxic and individually packaged for single use.
With most treatments, if delivered incorrectly it can cause harm. All members of staff who have trained with acupuncture have been shown how to insert needles away from vital organs. Needling techniques include avoiding areas where unknown congenital issues could be present to reduce the chance of any harm. If you have any concerns please contact us direct to discuss.
Who can’t have acupuncture?
Acupuncture is quite safe and therefore most individuals can have it, however there are some times where acupuncture is not suitable.
- Drug or alcohol intoxication
- Metal work / Joint arthoplasty (avoid area)
- Use of a pacemaker (avoid area)
- A seizure disorder / uncontrolled movements
- Bleeding disorder such as haemophilia or use of blood thinners (avoid intracapsular joint space)
- Infections skin disorder or disease
- If pregnant, needling in the abdominal area Lower back should be avoided.