Acupuncture treatment involves fine, solid needles being inserted through the skin which are briefly left in position. Sometimes manual or low voltage electrical stimulation is applied to assist the process. The number of needles varies but may be only two or three. Your practitioner will assess your individual case and treatment will be tailored to you; so it is impossible to give more than this general idea of what your particular treatment might involve.
There is increasing evidence that acupuncture is effective for treating Low Back Pain, arthritis of the knees and some types of headaches, however, acupuncture can be used alongside osteopathic treatment for a wide range of conditions.
Treatment is relatively painless and most people are very surprised how little it hurts. Unlike having an injection, acupuncture needles are fine and therefore create virtually no pain on insertion. Occasionally after treatment people can feel tired, thirsty and can have a small bruise from the site of the needle, however, these are all minor.
Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in the skin and muscle, and can produce a variety of effects. It is mainly known to increase the body’s release of natural painkillers - endorphin and serotonin - in the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain, and modifies the way pain signals are received, to help reduce your pain.
Treatment frequency may be once a week to begin with, then at longer intervals as the condition responds. A typical course of treatment lasts 5 to 8 sessions, depending upon your individual case.
Our practitioners who use acupuncture in their treatments are members of The British Medical Acupuncture Society, an organisation of regulated health professionals who practise acupuncture alongside more conventional techniques. It is the stated mission of the BMAS to encourage the use and scientific understanding of acupuncture within medicine for the public benefit. They believe that acupuncture has an important role to play in health care today.