What Does Acupuncture Involve?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles in specific locations around the injury/body for therapeutic purposes. The treatment is used to stimulate the natural healing processes of the body to encourage repair and stimulates the release of pain-relieving chemicals to help alleviate symptoms.
Acupuncture can be particularly effective for conditions such as headaches, low back pain, tennis elbow and other injuries. The physiotherapist may recommend this treatment for you based on his/her clinical judgement.
Are There Any Risks?
This treatment can often produce short-lived side effects such as feeling drowsy/dizzy. For this reason we often recommend you do not drive to your appointment if you are having acupuncture. There can also be pain where the needles are placed, with occasional bleeding or bruising.
As a precursor to having acupuncture at New Victoria Physiotherapy, you will be asked to complete a health questionnaire.
This will confirm you do not have any conditions that will prevent you from having Acupuncture. These conditions include:
- Bleeding Disorders e.g. Heamophilia
- The use of Anticoagulants/Blood Thinners
- Metal allergy
- Local Infection
- Cardiovascular conditions
Are There Any Costs?
If deemed an appropriate adjunct to your ongoing physiotherapy treatment, then this can be included in your treatment sessions at no additional costs.
If you would like to have more information regarding Acupuncture, you can call our Physiotherapy Department on 020 8949 9040 or book an appointment through our online form.