Acupuncture is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese Medicine. Western Medical Acupuncture is the use of acupuncture following a medical diagnosis. Very fine needles are inserted at specific sites of the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes.
How does it work?
Acupuncture involves stimulating sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles. This results in the body producing natural substances, such as pain-relieving endorphins within the brain and spinal cord that may modify the way pain and other signals are perceived by the brain.
Acupuncture may provide relief of pain and other symptoms alongside more conventional therapies. It does not always work for everyone or every condition, but frequently beneficial effects are achieved.
Can I have Acupuncture?
There are some very clear contraindications and precautions to having acupuncture and before starting a course of acupuncture. You will need a full assessment and screening from the Physiotherapist before starting any treatment. You can continue to receive all other current treatment whilst receiving acupuncture, including standard analgesia and chemotherapy.