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Acupuncture in Bolton

What is Acupuncture?

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture is an effective treatment modality based on the theory of energetic flow named Qi, which circulates through the body along different but connected pathways which are named meridians. It is the Chinese understanding that acupuncture points may be found along the meridians to clear the Qi by inserting the needle causing the Qi to move around the body and reduce pain. Electro-acupuncture works by needle insertion and attaching electrodes with a low intense electrical current to flow to the affected area to encourage healing and reduce pain.

Both acupuncture/electro-acupuncture helps to recover the healthy flow of energy in the body and reinstate normal and balanced bodily function. Acupuncture is usually used along other treatment modalities for maximum results and has been scientifically proven and researched to be effective. Nash is a qualified acupuncturist and registered with the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP).

When should it not be used?

There are situations where acupuncture is not applicable including:

  • Fear of needles
  • Know infections/open wounds
  • Allergy to metal

When should it be used with caution?

You should also inform your physiotherapist if you:

  • A pacemaker
  • Epilepsy
  • Pregnant or trying to conceive
  • Diabetic
  • Poor immune system

The conditions above do not mean you cannot have acupuncture but extra caution must be taken.

What does acupuncture involve?

Both acupuncture and electro-acupuncture involve needle insertion and the difference is with electro-acupuncture electrodes are attached to the needles with a low intense electrical current flowing to reduce pain.

A typical treatment involves insertion of between 2-12 needles. Needles can be in place for as little as a few seconds or 1-2 minutes. More commonly needles will be in place for between 10-30 minutes with manual stimulation applied.

If you are uncomfortable with the needles the treatment can be terminated at any time and the needles will be immediately removed.

Is acupuncture safe?

Yes! - Chartered Physiotherapists are fully trained in the management of a wide range of conditions. The Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) members using acupuncture are required to train to a minimum standard and are bound by professional codes of conduct through the Chartered Society of physiotherapy (CSP) and Health professionals Council (HPC). Nash is a member of the AACP, CSP and HPC and he is regulated.

Acupuncture has been known to produce some "side effects" in certain people.

Minor side effects:

  • Some needle discomfort
  • Fainting
  • Feeling faint
  • Drowsiness and sleepiness following treatment
  • Bruising or very minor bleeding at the needle site
  • Temporary pain increase