What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the practice of inserting fine, solid needles into the body for pain relief or, in most cases, to help the release of tight muscles.
How does acupuncture work?
It works through he nervous system and directly in the muscle tissue. The needles block the pain messages and encourage the brain and central nervous system to produce more of the body’s natural pain killers. In conditions that are not painful, acupuncture may help to reset the body’s normal functioning. The needles being administered to muscles directly to reduce tension, encourage the body to release natural hormones that encourage the muscle to relax.
Will it hurt?
People react to acupuncture differently. The sensation of the needles being inserted can feel like a scratch on the skin. If the needle is inserted to a particularly tight muscle, the pain can be stronger but usually stops once the needle is inserted. The needled will be stimulated during the session and this might cause an unpleasant feeling. If at any stage during the treatment you would like to stop and have the needles removed, just say it to your practitioner. It is rare but sometimes during your first treatment you can feel dizzy or weak, if this happens say it to your practitioner and the needles will be removed. This tends not to happen after the first session.
How often do i need to be treated?
The usual course is once a week for 4 to 6 weeks. After 4 weeks we will know weather acupuncture is working for you, and then, depending on the condition being treated and how you responded, we will work out a plan that usually involves tailing off the treatment so that the effect is maintained for as long as possible.
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is very safe, in the right hands. legally it must be preformed by a certified podiatrist with a qualification in podiatric acupuncture. There have been a few reports of some problems but these can be avoided with care and a good knowledge of anatomy. There are a few cases in which we would have to be cautious about using acupuncture, but your podiatrist can advise you of these.