Acupuncture is one of the medical disciplines that make up Traditional Chinese medicine (T.C.M). It has been practiced in China for over 2000 years. Since its introduction to the west acupuncture has grown in its popularity, Chinese research has shown it to be successful in treating many health conditions and giving drug free pain relief.
For many people pain and injury can have a debilitating effect on daily life and activity. This experience often draws people to seek a therapy that can bring relief from pain and injury.
Orthopedic acupuncture is used in China to deal with pain, injury and dysfunction within the body, whether it’s short or long term. T.C.M and acupuncture aims to restore balance within the body, restoring normal function of the joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and improve local blood circulation.
When conducted by a qualified practitioner, it is completely safe.
With modern sterile, single-use, disposable needles, acupuncture has an outstanding safety record.
Rarely, patients experience temporary, mild worsening of symptoms before improvements begin to occur. Often the relaxing effects of treatment are so profound that patients feel a greater sense of well-being and vitality.
The needles used are very different from hypodermic needles used for injections or blood sampling; they are twenty times smaller and generally painless. Patients typically have little or no sensation of the acupuncture needle insertion when applied by a trained practitioner.
To obtain a therapeutic response, needles can be manipulated until the patient feels a light distending, cramping, warmth, or tingling around the insertion site. Sometimes these sensations are felt to travel along pathways in the body. The sensation typically subsides within seconds, but may be further re-enforced through manual or electrical stimulation of needles.
Acupuncture diagnosis and treatment begins with a detailed consultation, approximately 30 mins, to obtain information about the patient’s medical history, symptoms and goals for treatment. The acupuncturist then inspects and carefully palpates the injured site.
The practitioner may also inspect the patient’s tongue and feel the qualities of the radial pulse, which give important clues to the patient’s overall health status according to T.C. M principles. This information gathered from the consultation and examination is then used to reach a diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan.
When treatment is usually performed with a patient lying comfortably on a treatment table. The acupuncturist inserts the needles in the specified areas. After the needles are manipulated for a few seconds to produce a therapeutic stimulus, they are retained while the patient lies quietly for approximately 30 minutes.