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Medical Acupuncture

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Acupuncture is a form of treatment in which fine, sterile, single use needles are inserted into specific points on the body, dependent on the condition to be treated.

It is thought that acupuncture helps your body access its own beneficial resources in the form of natural painkillers (endorphins), anti-inflammatory (cortisone) and 'feel good' hormones (serotonin). There is also a pain gateway theory with similar concept to that of the TEN's machine therapy.

Most people are suitable to enjoy acupuncture therapy but it is still important, at initial assessment, to give a full history of current medical conditions and medication, both prescribed and bought over the counter. I am trained and experienced in taking a good medical history:- hence you have the reassurance you will be in safe hands.

You can be guaranteed a safe, confidential and enjoyable treatment in a warm and welcoming, relaxed environment. Individualized care with the added benefit of being treated by a competent and experienced Advanced Nurse Practitioner to answer any of your healthcare concerns or treatments.

Medical acupuncture aims to enhance traditional medical approaches to treatment and is not classed or promoted as being an alternative.

Because Medical Acupuncture has a cumulative effect a course of 6-8 sessions will be suggested either once or twice weekly. This is a flexible plan and you will be fully involved in its development so that it fits in with your lifestyle.

Medical Acupuncture is generally very safe and effective. Your progress will be monitored at the beginning of each session and treatment discussed accordingly. I also measure outcome by use of a MYMOP questionnaire. This involves answering about 5 simple questions before and at the end of 6-8 therapy sessions. You can refuse treatment at any time.

Because this is such a natural therapy, side effects are very rare but you do need to be aware that:

  • Minor bleeding or bruising occurs after acupuncture in a small number of people.
  • Drowsiness may occur in a small number of people - if affected do not drive.
  • A few people experience slight discomfort when needles are inserted. This resolves in a split second.
  • The condition you presented with may get worse shortly after treatment; this is usually a good sign and resolves after about 24-48 hours.
  • Some people may feel faint, usually immediately after the first session. I suggest move very slowly off the couch and this method of management avoids fainting and the feeling soon resolves - of course being a nurse I can deal with such problems effectively.
  • Some side effects relate to certain treatments and will be discussed individually if appropriate.

'A beautiful thing never gives such pain as failing to hear and see it.'