‘Acupuncture stimulates the body to produce endorphins and oxytocin it’s own pain- and stress- relieving chemicals. It promotes sleep by stimulating the release of melatonin in the body and encourages a sense of well-being by stimulating the release of serotonin. Acupuncture also stimulates nerve fibres to block out pain signals and helps to reduce the sensitivity of tender points in the body.’
AACP Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapist www.aacp.org.uk
Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with other physiotherapy treatments such as hands on massage and mobilisation and an exercise programme to aid recovery.
What to expect
The needles are inserted at sites where you feel the pain and away from the pain. The number of needles will vary and will be determined by your physiotherapist. They will be left in for up to 20-30 minutes whilst you relax. Treatment will vary from 1-2 times a week and on average consist of 4-6 sessions but this will be discussed with you by your physiotherapist and will depend on your condition and response.
needles are the same width as human hair, are much smaller than an injection
needle, so having acupuncture does not feel the same as having an
The needles are disposable, pre-sterilised and individually packaged. These are often supplied in guide-tubes for easy insertion which means that there is no risk of anything touching the needle during the process. When needles are inserted, you may feel a temporary, sharp pricking sensation.
There are many conditions when acupuncture can be used so these are just a few:
Low back pain
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