Acupuncture (also known as needle therapy) was first used as a treatment over 2000 years ago in China and it has a long tradition of healing the body of many different pains and illnesses. We offer Medical acupuncture in Coventry, this is a westernised form of acupuncture used to focus on pain relief from both acute and chronic pain conditions. It can be used to good affect with conditions such as chronic inflammation. This is because while invasive (as it uses needles that penetrate the skin) it is less intense on the body than other treatments such as deep tissue massage.
Our Medical Acupuncture in Coventry is used to treat a variety of problems in the body such as;
- Joint pain
- Muscular pain
- Arthritis pain
- Tendentious (inflammation of a tendon)
- Spondylitis (inflammation of the spine)
Acupuncture is a great treatment option for people who have underlying conditions or disabilities who do not respond well to deep tissue massage or joint manipulation.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Many studies have been done into acupuncture and how exactly it affects the body. Despite this, scientists have been unable to discover exactly how acupuncture stimulates and effects the body. But we do know how the body responds to acupuncture and how that can be used as a treatment.
When we stimulate acupuncture points signals are sent to the brain. This usually happens from nerve stimulation but not always. The brain reacts to this stimulus by releasing neurochemicals and hormones. These hormones and chemicals have the effect of that increases our pain threshold as well as reducing the central nervous systems (CNS) sensitivity in the area. In English that means we can handle more pain due to higher pain threshold, and we feel less pain as the CNS doesn’t send as many pain signals to the brain. All in all it works well to get the pain under control and to get you back onto the road of recovery.
How is Acupuncture Performed?
As with all initial appointments for any treatment a thorough assessment is carried out of your general health and medical history to determine if acupuncture is right for you and can help. Once that has been determined and acupuncture is a good treatment option for you we can move on to the needles. Using the right needle for the right job is essential. Here in the clinic we use 2 different needles. They are both 0.25m thick with a ball point end so as to reduce bleeding. The difference comes in the length. The most commonly used needle which is used for 99% of the body is 2.5cm or 1 inch in length. This is the standard size for most acupuncture needles. The second needle we use is 5cm in length or 2 inches. This needle is only used in the buttocks and thigh region due to the increased muscle mass and soft tissue of the area. All needles are single use and sterile and antibacterial gel is also applied to limit and possible complications such as infection.
The needles are inserted either perpendicular to the skin or at a slight angle depending on the acupuncture point being stimulated and to what depth we need to stimulate it. During insertion you will most likely be lying down and able to relax. An often concern and worry many people have is “does acupuncture hurt?”. Well you are likely to feel some pain such as a sharp scratch during insertion of the needles but it is unusual to feel pain during the treatment. If you do just inform your practitioner so that some adjustments can be made.
Acupuncture works with an accumulative effect. That means while people can feel a small difference after one treatment, the effects become greater the more regular treatments you have. It is usually suggested to have a minimum of 5 acupuncture treatments. This does not mean you have to have acupuncture done for the rest of your life, just until the pain is under control or gone entirely.
Considerations & Side Effects to Acupuncture?
When performing acupuncture there are a few safety precautions that take place to make acupuncture as safe as possible as it is an invasive treatment option. These safety procedures include using pre-sterilised single use needles that are disposed of immediately into a sharps box. Anti- bacterial is used by the therapists to minimise risks of germs and infections. Cotton wool pads are on hand to handle any blood that may be exposed by the needles when removed. Side effects that can occur from having acupuncture can range from common like small amount of blood to very rare dizziness. Symptoms that can become present shortly after or during acupuncture treatment include;
- Pain at the sight of the needle
- Feeling of dizziness or faint
- Worsening of pre-existing conditions
The top 2 side effects can be common however the other 4 are rare to very rare in descending order.
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