Everything you need to know about acupuncture
Posted by: The personal injury help and advice team
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a holistic health technique in which fine needles are inserted into certain points of the body which stimulate sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles. It is derived from ancient Chinese medicine and results in the production of natural substances in the body such as pain relieving endorphins.
Sessions usually last around 20-40 minutes (in which the acupuncturist will give you a consultation to learn more about your symptoms), over a course of six weeks or so, depending on the condition of the individual.
Does acupuncture really aid in pain relief?
There are constantly new studies researching into the benefits of acupuncture and whether it can contribute towards chronic pain relief or improve symptoms of other illnesses such as anxiety, depression and insomnia.
A course usually creates longer lasting pain relief and various studies have reported that it can be effectively combined with other treatments to help control some types of pain.
Who can have acupuncture and is it safe?
Acupuncture is suitable for all ages as it is widely considered to be beneficial for a range of illnesses and symptoms. It can be used during pregnancy to help relieve many symptoms such as nausea, high/low blood pressure, and pelvic pain. When carried out by a health care professional, acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments on offer in the UK however, if you are thinking of having the treatment during pregnancy, it is important you tell your practitioner beforehand. There are occasionally some minor side effects after the treatment such as bruising or bleeding where the needles were inserted but generally the process should be pain free. Many people will describe a slight tingling feeling or dull ache when the needles are inserted but overall, acupuncture should be painless and relaxing.
What has acupuncture been used to treat?
For many people, acupuncture is worth a try when considering pain relief routes. Past patients have sought the complementary medicine to help aid in:
- Chronic neck, back and knee pain
- Headache and migraines
- the side effects of chemotherapy
- Labour pain
- Weight loss
- Symptoms of allergies
- Anxiety and depression
This list is not exhaustive and research into the benefits continues.
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