Firstly, it is a good idea to make sure you have something to eat 1-2 hours before your treatment. This will help reduce the risk of you feeling faint during your session by keeping your sugar levels up.
You will be asked to complete a registration and ‘consent to treatment’ form when you arrive at the clinic. Medical acupuncture is considered very low-risk medical technique, when performed by a medical professional, with the incidence of severe adverse reactions being less than 1 in 200,000 reported treatments.
When you first see me, I’ll take your full medical history and ask you about your current health problems. This will be followed by a detailed physical assessment. The use of medical acupuncture within a physiotherapy context is based on making a medical diagnosis and then using medical acupuncture as a technique usually to modulate pain, promote healing and repair as well as assisting the restoration of movement and function of the affected area.
Between 1 to 10 needles may be used at a time at a medical acupuncture session. The number of needles used will vary according to your condition and symptoms. Where the needles are inserted will depend on the physical assessment findings.
The types of points which may be chosen include local tender points, myofascial trigger points as well as segmental, extra-segmental and central regulatory points.
The needles are inserted through the skin either at the sites where you feel pain, away from the pain or a combination of both. Needling, if done correctly usually causes very little discomfort, occasionally a mild pricking sensation may be felt which eases quickly and gives way to a dull achy feeling which is usually followed by a sense of ease a relaxation. The needles are usually left in for a few minutes up to 30 minutes. During the treatment, I may stimulate the needles by gently rotating them or stimulating them electrically. This is done to increase the treatment’s effectiveness.
Following medical acupuncture, again depending on the physical assessment findings, I would normally apply manual therapy techniques, provide therapeutic exercises as well as provide education and self-management advice.
Following the first few sessions, you may feel a little sleepy, this effect reduces over time, usually giving way to a greater sense of overall wellness and vitality as an added beneficial effect.
A course of physiotherapy which includes medical acupuncture is usually 4-6 sessions depending on the nature of the problem and how long it has been present. Clinically I have found that when medical acupuncture is included, the overall number of sessions required reduces.
In good health,