Your questions answered

When is treatment with acupuncture appropriate?

 - Acupuncture may be suggested when your therapist believes it may be the most effective treatment for your condition, or that it might help to improve the effectiveness of your overall treatment. Therefore, acupuncture may be used as a stand-alone treatment, or it may be offered in conjunction with other treatments to help achieve the best result for you as an individual.

What conditions is acupuncture used to treat?

 - Back pain (acute or chronic)
 - Sports injuries
 - Soft tissue injuries
 - Headaches, including migraine
 - Osteoarthritis
 - Fibromyalgia
 - Chronic fatigue syndrome
 - Bowel and bladder dysfunction

Does acupuncture work?

 - Yes, acupuncture can work. Success generally depends on a number of factors, which include:
 - A person's general health.
 - The condition, the severity and the duration of the condition.

What does acupuncture treatment involve?

 - The needles used are always sterile, single use needles. The needles are fine (a lot finer than an injection needle). They are tapped gently through the skin and into the underlying tissue. Acupuncture needling is not usually painful however, some people report a pinprick or scratch like sensation.
 - Once the needles are in place you may feel a mild ache, numbness, warm, or heavy sensation in and around the needle. This is a sign that the body's inbuilt pain relieving mechanisms are being stimulated. During treatment your therapist may gently stimulate the needles. Patients may experience a pleasant relaxed feeling, and on occasion may also feel drowsy during treatment.

How many needles will be used?

 - Normally between 2-16 needles are used, and these can be left in position for as little as 1-2 minutes. More commonly needles will be in place for 10-30 minutes.

How many treatments are required?

 - Research suggests that for a longstanding condition such as low back pain, a course of 6-10 treatments is required to achieve the best results. The number of acupuncture treatments will vary depending on the condition being treated and how the individual responds. Each treatment will be tailored to suit the individual and their condition.

How long does each session last?

 - Treatment time for acupuncture typically lasts from 20-30 minutes.

Is acupuncture safe?

 - Acupuncture is very safe and serious complications are rare. Our acupuncturist is governed by the General osteopathic council. This means that they are bound by professional codes of conduct.

I give blood regularly; will I be able to continue doing this if I have acupuncture?

 - Yes our acupuncturists is registered to provide acupuncture using sterile safe sharps and conditions. If required you can be provided with a special form detailing this that you can take with you to the blood service.

Who you should not have acupuncture?

 - There are certain groups of people and people with certain conditions/medications that are contraindicated or care needs to be taken if using acupuncture. In general acupuncture is not suitable for people with;
 - Blood clotting problems e.g. haemophiliacs, those on warfarin
 - Infection in the area
 - Pregnant women in the first and third trimester
 - People with an allergy to metals
 - People with severe needle phobia

 Your therapist will go through a checklist of questions to ensure you are suitable.