Acupuncture has been used by the Chinese for over 4000 years and it is now becoming accepted as a mainstream form of treatment for pain, injury, illness and disease. Acupuncture’s increasing popularity is now heavily backed by a strong evidence base to promote its effectiveness and is now recommended for certain conditions.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture involves placing needles into the skin at various points & sometimes either moving or twisting them. The needles are very fine, which minimises discomfort. The needles are then left in the skin for a short period of time depending on your condition to ensure maximum treatment effect.
You are likely to feel a deep sensation while the needles are in and this actually helps muscles to relax, increases blood flow & reduces pain. Hawkes Physiotherapy, Stoke-on-Trent is regulated by the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP).
What does it do?
Acupuncture has been shown to stimulate the brain to produce natural pain relieving and healing chemicals into the blood stream and at the same time it stimulates nerves to block pain.
Is it safe?
Acupuncture is perfectly safe when practised by someone with appropriate training. The needles we use are disposable, pre sterilised and are single patient use only.
Will it work for me?
Research has shown that most people benefit from acupuncture. Recently it has been included in the treatment guidleines for chronic low back pain by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (N.I.C.E.). It does not work for everybody & every condition, but consistently good results are achieved. The effects of acupuncture are usually cumulative, with the treatment effects increasing as treatment progresses. Some people respond quickly, but others take a few more treatments to get desired effects.
Acupuncture is not used in the following circumstances:
If you are on anti-coagulants (warfarin, heparin)
If you are allergic to metals (stainless steel)
If you have ever had an allergic response to a blood test
Hawkes Physiotherapy will always check your past medical history to ensure that it is safe for you to have acupuncture
What will I feel?
You will feel a slight scratch as the needle goes into the skin. If needed the needles will be moved or turned, an ache, tingling, tightening, warmth or a sting around the needles can be felt and is completely normal. It is also common to feel an ache for a little time afterwards also and once again this is normal and often desirable.
Are there any side-effects?
Acupuncture is a very safe form of treatment when used by qualified practitioners. However, nothing is 100% risk free. Like most forms of treatment there is a small risk of minor issues.
Apart from the usual ache afterwards the other possible side-effects include infection, extreme sleepiness & fainting. Symptoms may worsen post treatment in up to 3% of patients, some minor bleeding and/or bruising can occur but this is negligible and up to 1% of patients may experience pain post treatment.
If you are unsure just ask!
For more information about Acupuncture in the Stoke-on-Trent area please call
01782 771861 or 07866195914 & ask for Mathew Hawkes