Acupuncture is a form of treatment in which fine needles are inserted in the skin at specific points along what are considered to be lines of energy (meridians) and used in the treatment of various physical and mental conditions.
This enhances Chinese ‘Qi’ (chi) and relieves pain by releasing endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killing chemicals, and by affecting the part of the brain that governs serotonin, a brain chemical involved in pain perception and mood.
Physiotherapists use acupuncture to treat several conditions including:
Is Acupuncture Effective?
Acupuncture has been long recognised as an effective treatment for pain management. European Best Practice Guidelines advocate the use of acupuncture for the effective treatment of several chronic conditions.
Are there side effects?
The risks of acupuncture are low if you have a competent certified acupuncture practitioner using sterile needles. Some minor side effects such as bruising, fatigue and light-headedness may be experienced.