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Acupuncture services at the Dunedin Clinic

Overview

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This time honoured treatment derives from ancient Chinese medicine and involves the insertion of fine sterile needles into specific body points.

It is now a widely accepted form of therapy and shown to be effective in the treatment of a variety of pain and stress related symptoms.

Is acupuncture safe? What about side-effects?

Acupuncture is very safe. Serious side-effects are very rare - fewer than one per 10,000 treatments. We use only single-use, sterile, disposable needles.

Acupuncture can have minor side - effects such as:

  • Drowsiness - occurs after treatment in a small number of patients; if affected, you are advised not to drive.
  • Minor bleeding or bruising - occurs after acupuncture in about 3% of treatments.
  • Pain during treatment  - occurs in about 1% of treatments.
  • Worsening of existing symptoms - less than 3% of patients; you should tell your acupuncturist about this - usually it is a good sign.
  • Fainting - can occur in certain patients, particularly at the first treatment.

Your physiotherapist will discuss these and any particularly unique health issues with you before treatment begins.

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What we need to know before starting treatment?

Apart from the usual medical details, before you start acupuncture treatment it is important to let your physiotherapist know if you:

  • Have ever experienced a fit, faint, or 'funny turn'
  • Have a pacemaker or any other electrical implants
  • Have a bleeding disorder
  • Are taking anti - coagulants or any other medication
  • Have damaged heart valves or have any other particular risk of infection (i.e. if you must take antibiotics in order to go to the dentist)
  • Are pregnant

Who carries out the acupuncture treatment?

Lesley Inglis and Karen Taylor are trained and skilled in a mixture of traditional and western approaches to acupuncture and trigger point needling.

Find out more and make an appointment

Phone us on 03 479 5757 or email for more information: physiotherapy@otago.ac.nz

If you need a car park for your next appointment, please call 03 479 5757 or ask at Clinics reception.

Parking is available via a booking system only and is located across from the School of Physiotherapy, outside the Benham building.

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