Acupuncture is an effective treatment technique for relieving pain and restoring the body of many other ailments and dysfunctions. Growing in popularity due to the significant benefits it gives.
Acupuncture originated in China over two thousand years ago. The traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) model of this technique supports the concept of using needles inserted into the skin at specific points to influence the movement and levels of ‘Qi’ (i.e. the energy or life force) within the body. According to TCM theory, any change in the flow or balance of Qi can lead to pain, disease and disability.
Scientific research has examined the effectiveness of acupuncture in various conditions. The use of acupuncture for the treatment of pain is supported by an ever growing body of evidence. Acupuncture has even now been evident in the recommendation given by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Evidence (NICE) for the cost effective short term benefits it has for nonspecific low back pain (source: NICE 2009).
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Frequently asked Questions
When is acupuncture treatment appropriate?
After careful assessment of your medical history, symptoms and condition the therapist will suggest a course of sessions that will benefit you.
When should acupuncture not be used?
There are certain situations when we will not consider acupuncture such as having an infection in the area to be treated or if you have a known metal allergy.
What will be involved in a treatment sessions?
At Urban Health we use very fine sterile single use needles which are inserted into various tissues through the body. Some needles will be close to the injury or area or of pain whilst others will be away from the area. Acupuncture should not be painful, although a pinprick sensation or scratch is noted initially.
Once the needles are in place, you may feel a mild ache, numbness and warmth or heavy sensation at the area being treated. The feeling is known as ‘De Qi’ and is a sign that the body’s in built pain relieving mechanisms are being activated. At this point the therapist may stimulate the needles by gently rotating them. The needles may also be stimulated using an electrical impulse and this is known as electro acupuncture.
How many treatments are needed?
The frequency and number of acupuncture treatments depend on the specific condition being treated and how you respond to therapy. Each session should be tailored to you and your condition. Research suggests that a course of six to ten treatments is required to achieve the best results for long standing painful conditions.