Acupuncture is an established procedure. Treatment involves the insertion of single use, sterile, fine needles into the skin and underlying tissues for up to 30 mins.
Treatment should not be painful but a strange sensation called ‘De-qi’ may be felt. This may be experienced as a dull ache, tingle and/or warm effect, but not scratchy, sharp or painful. The intended benefits include:
- Reduction of pain
- Alleviation of muscle spasm and tension
- Promotion of general well-being and relaxation
- Improvement in clinical conditions including insomnia, hot flushes, IBS, UTI, menstrual and hormonal issues, headaches and migraines, amongst others.
60 min session £40
Does it work?
In a comparison of acupuncture versus intravenous morphine in treating chronic pain, acupuncture had a 92% success rate in reducing pain by 50%, while morphine had a comparative 78% success rate.
(uhhospitals.org The University Hospital, Conor Integrative Health Institute)
Who can have acupuncture?
Suitability for treatment depends on the following considerations:
- No nickel or zinc allergy
- No needle phobia
- Areas of any lymphoedema to be avoided (face, ear or opposite limb can be treated by acupuncture).
- Negative to following conditions; diabetes, epilepsy, seizures, bleeding disorders, haemophilia, blood or skin infections (cellulitis, HIV, Hepatitis)
- Pregnant women can have acupuncture but certain sites are avoided.
How does it work?
The body becomes less sensitive to pain. The peripheral and central nervous system block pain signals getting to the brain.
There is also a change in neurochemicals in the brain. There is a release of opioid-like pain-relieving chemicals.
In addition, the increased blood flow carries with it all the things that heal our body; oxygen and nutrients, which aid the immune system.
Does it hurt?
The needles are about the size of a hair. They are inserted through a guide tube, so they go through the skin very, very quickly; therefore insertion is sterile and clean.
Each needle is CE marked and single use. The needle never touches my hands before entering the skin. Most treatments use between 7-15 needles.
I accompany the treatment with hands on massage, so two modalities of treatment are going on simultaneously. I treat local to pain but also distally. For example, a treatment for neck pain would involve acupuncture around the neck but also in the hand, which is one of the most powerful acupressure points.
Dry needling is a similar modality but involves a much deeper insertion into trigger point sites of pain. This is very beneficial for piriformis, glutes and sciatica.
Are there any side-effects?
Yes, mainly positive.
Clients usually feel very relaxed, movement improved and pain reduced.
Sleep can improve and a feeling of general well-being is common.
Compared to other interventions, (uhhospitals.org The University Hospital, Conor Integrative Health Institute) acupuncture has a low-risk of negative effects. For instance, morphine had a 56% minor adverse event and acupuncture 2.6%.
Possible side effects are bleeding, nausea and/or feeling faint.