Acupuncture can offer pain relief, assist you to sleep better, aid in recovery and promote general wellbeing. It is one of the many skills employed within physiotherapy as part of an integrated approach to the management of pain and inflammation.
Scientific evidence now supports the benefits of acupuncture treatment and its use for pain relief. Acupuncture combined with physiotherapy is widely accepted within both the National Health Service (NHS) and private practice.
What does it involve?
Needles are used on specific acupuncture points. These needles are single-use and pre-sterilised of varying widths and lengths. The location of these points will be decided following an assessment and will depend on your symptoms. A number of needles may be used during each treatment, and these are typically left in position for between 20 and 30 minutes before being removed.
Occasionally only one session is required but this is rare and usually a course of acupuncture sessions are advised- often between 3-6.
Will it hurt?
Acupuncture needles are much smaller and thinner than a needle used to take a blood sample, often people don’t feel the needle being inserted at all. Once the needles are in position you may have a feel something but this isn’t a painful sensation. Often people describe feeling more relaxed and even sleepy following a session.
How will I know it’s helping?
Some people find an immediate relief whilst others find the positive effects build over time. You will know it is helping as your pain will reduce and some kind of response would generally be expected within around 3 sessions.
Lin is a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) which is the governing body that ensures training and standards of practise. For more information on acupuncture see the AACP website or contact Lin for an appointment or free phone consultation.