During acupuncture fine single-use sterile needles are inserted through the skin and left in position or the needles are gently moved to stimulate and assist the process. The number of needles used varies, sometimes only few is enough.
Acupuncture stimulates the muscles and nerves within the body to allow a variety of effects. Some of these effects include increasing blood flow and promoting healing, a reduction in pain message transmission and release of hormones that promote feelings of wellbeing. In other words, acupuncture works as a natural pain killer.
Research supports the effectiveness of the Western medical acupuncture for
⁃ Back pain
⁃ Osteoarthritis of the knee
⁃ Tight muscles/ muscle strains
After acupuncture you might feel a bit drowsy and minor bleeding/bruising may occur. Any serious side effects are rare and can be avoided through a thorough case history.
With a qualified and registered osteopath, Western medical acupuncture is safe treatment of choice.