What is it?
- It is based on current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology. Current research is supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture.
- It is used to treat musculoskeletal pain and stimulate the healing mechanism of the body to assist the body deal with injuries and dysfunctions.
- It also stimulates the release of natural pain killers produced naturally by the body and contribute to pain relief
- The process involves the insertion of an acupuncture needle, which is sterile and is placed in specific areas of the body to treat specific dysfunctions.
- In other instances, the acupuncture needle is placed in a trigger point and the process is then described as dry needling. A trigger point is basically known as a muscle knot that creates pain in other areas of the body.
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Who is qualified to do western medical acupuncture?
- It is taught to GPs, nurses, chiropractors, osteopaths, physiotherapists and dentists.
- Members of the British Medical Acupuncture Society are regulated healthcare professionals who practice acupuncture within the scope of their professional practice and have received a good training.
When should it not be used?
- If you have needle phobia
- If you have known metal allergy, specially stainless steel
- If you have a known infection in the area needled
When should it be used with caution?
- If you have haemophilia
- If you are pregnant or trying to conceive
- If you suffer from epilepsy
- If you have a deficient/ weakened immune system
- If you have a pacemaker
- If you are taking anticoagulant (blood thinning medication)
- If you are diabetic
NB: These conditions do not exclude you from having acupuncture but they will influence its application.
Frequently asked questions
Yes, but it does not work for all. Success can depend on a number of factors, which include:
- General health
- The severity and duration of the condition
- How the condition has been managed in the past
- Treatment will consist of the insertion of fine needles.
- These are pre-sterilised and disposable ensuring strict hygiene practice.
- The needle insertion will feel like a mild pinprick.
- Once needles are placed you may feel a mild ache, a deep ache, numbness, warm or heavy sensation at and around the needle. This may feel strange but not unpleasant. It is a sign that the body’s inbuilt pain relieving mechanisms are being stimulated.
- The needles may be gently stimulated until you experience such sensations. This may be repeated again throughout the treatment.
- Most commonly a treatment will involve the insertion of between 2 to 16 needles.
- Needles can be in place between 10 to 30 minutes.
- It is advisable to eat before having acupuncture, and not to attend if you are suffering from severe cold or flu.
- Registered osteopaths are fully trained in the management of a wide range of conditions.
- Registered osteopaths who provide acupuncture and are members of the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS) are required to train to a minimum standard and are also bound by professional codes of conduct through the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).
- Acupuncture is safer than many of the drug treatments used. However, any procedure that involves inserting needles into the body has some potential problems, but these remain minimal.
- Acupuncture has been known to produce some “side effects” in certain people.
- Some needle discomfort
- Drowsiness and sleepiness flowing treatment
- Bruising at the needle site
- Temporary pain increase
- Feeling faint
- Damage to internal organ from the insertion of a needle
- Infection in the area where the needle was inserted
- Infection from hepatitis or HIV
- Infection which may infect previously damaged heart valves
- Premature onset of labour, in pregnancy