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?
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.
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?
Our clinical staff are trained and skilled in a mixture of traditional and western approaches to acupuncture and trigger point needling.
To find out more or to make an appointment in Dunedin, phone: 03 479 5757 or email email@example.com
To find out more or to make an appointment in Christchurch, phone: 03 332 2627or email firstname.lastname@example.org