Acupuncture is a form of ancient Chinese medicine in which fine needles are inserted into the skin at certain points on the body. It is a complimentary therapy or alternative medicine.
The Theory behind it
Acupuncture is based on the belief that energy or 'life force' flows through the body in channels called meridians. Practitioners who adhere to traditional beliefs about acupuncture believe that the life force cannot flow freely through the body which can cause illness. Some acupuncturists and scientists believe that acupuncture may stimulate nerves and muscle tissue, and that this may be responsible for beneficial effects.
What happens during a session?
During your appointment, you will remain mostly clothed or covered by towels / bed paper only exposing the joint / area which requires to be treated. Our acupuncturist uses sterile, ultra thin disposable needles which are the most common type of needle used in present day clinics. The body of the needles could be made of gold, silver, alloy or copper but the greatest majority are made of stainless steel. The handle is usually made of silver or copper coil. After diagnostic consultation, a treatment plan is made determining the most benefit for the patient.
Patients may experience a variety of sensations, commonly a feeling of pressure, changes of temperature, pins and needles. Most sensations result in a profound sense of relaxation and renewal, allowing the body to adjust and heal itself in whatever way it needs.
What can Orthopaedic Acupuncture be used for?
Effective relief for most physical and mobility problems affecting joints. It reduces swelling and bruising, decreases muscle spasm and inflammation and overall improves performance. It also releases the body's natural 'pain killers' (Endorphins and Opiates). It also speeds recovery by increasing blood flow to the damaged area.
Conditions which can respond well to acupuncture
Back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, knee pain, wrist pain, ankle/foot pain, facial pain / headaches / trigeminal neuralgia / migraine
Our Acupuncturist, Colleen McCafferty (Dip. OA), would be happy to answer any questions patients may have about this alternative service to our patients.