Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine, single-use, pre-sterilised, disposable needles into different points on the body. The points of insertion will be determined by your Physiotherapist, based upon their assessment. The length of time that the needles are inserted for will be determined by your Physiotherapist and is based upon the sort of condition that is being treated. 

Acupuncture is often used by Physiotherapists, as part of a treatment session. The use of acupuncture is based upon a background of research and evidence, and is used to help modulate pain, by the stimulation of a variety of natural chemicals, which we as humans produce. These chemicals include endorphin, melatonin and serotonin.

Acupuncture can also be used to assist in the reduction of tightness or tension in tissues, which is something which Physiotherapists frequently encounter when individuals present for treatment with painful and stiff conditions.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Yes, acupuncture is a very safe procedure, when carried out by fully qualified professionals. Physiotherapists at Focus Physiotherapy have undergone a recognised accredited training coursed, in acupuncture. This means that, along with the recognised training, they must adhere to strict hygiene guidelines, as well as regularly attending further training courses and educational updates, to maintain their registration.

Acupuncture needles are very fine, around the same width as a human hair, so are much finer than an injection or blood-taking needle. So, having acupuncture does not feel the same as having an injection or having your blood taken. 

The needles used are sterile and single-use. The needles are usually inserted using a guide tube, which makes the insertion quick, and is relatively comfortable. Sometime people may feel a temporary sharp sensation when the needle is inserted, but this does not always occur. Any side effects tend to be short-lived and mild. These may include fatigue, light-headedness, bruising or localised bleeding around the needle site. If you have any concerns regarding this, the please speak to your Physiotherapist.