What is Medical Acupuncture?
Medical Acupuncture, sometimes called ‘Dry Needling’ is a form of Acupuncture that is used to help manage pain and inflammation within the muscle and joints. It is different to Traditional Acupuncture which has been practised in China for over 2000 years.
How does Medical Acupuncture work?
Medical Acupuncture involves inserting fine sterile needles into certain points across the body, to encourage healing and pain relief by stimulating the release of endorphins, the body's natural pain-relieving chemicals.
Research on the health benefits of Acupuncture is still limited, however, there are some studies that found Acupuncture may influence the autonomic nervous system, which regulates blood pressure, triggers relaxation, and reduces inflammation. However, it may take several sessions before you notice any benefits.
What would happen if I chose to have Acupuncture during my appointment?
If you and your practitioner agree that Acupuncture could be beneficial to your recovery time, thin Acupuncture needles will be placed in specific areas to address your concern or condition. The Acupuncturist may gently twist the needles to stimulate the body’s natural healing response. The needles are often left in for 15 to 20 minutes, with the total session lasting anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
You may feel a slight sting, pinch, ache, or some pain as the Acupuncture needle is being inserted. Some Acupuncturists move the needle after it has been placed in the body, which can cause additional pressure.
Once the needle has been properly placed, you may feel a tingling or heavy feeling, which is referred to as de qi. Let your acupuncturist know if you are uncomfortable or in a lot of pain at any point during the session. Intense pain may mean the needle has not been inserted or placed correctly.
Does Acupuncture have side effects?
As with any treatment, Acupuncture may cause side effects in some individuals. Side effects may include:
Pain and bleeding from the needle insertion
Bruising around the area the needles were placed
If you are thinking of having Acupuncture, but are unsure due to caution or ongoing health conditions, speak to a qualified healthcare practitioner beforehand or phone the clinic for more guidance.