The Western approach to Acupuncture, is the very safe process of inserting sterile needles into specific points on the body to reduce or relieve pain and effectively treat injuries. Acupuncture will be recommended based on an individualized assessment and often is used in conjunction with other Physiotherapy treatments.
Acupuncture points will be selected based on the area of injury and your individual needs. Very thin, single use, sterile needles are used in order to prevent any risk of infection. The number of treatments will vary depending on what condition is being treated. For acute injuries, only a few treatments may be required. For complex or longstanding issues, your Physiotherapist may recommend additional sessions.
Most individuals experience little to no discomfort, although a warm or aching sensation lasting anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours may be experienced around the insertion point. The most common adverse reaction is slight bleeding or bruising at the insertion point. Very few individuals may experience dizziness, nausea or fainting.