Agile Therapy’s specialises in accupuncture
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into specific anatomical points over the body to aid with the body’s endogenous pain response and encourage natural healing. It is also thought to help restore the body’s homeostasis by stimulating sympathetic and parasympathetic structures. Acupuncture can be effective in the management of pain for any number of musculoskeletal conditions.
What can I expect when receiving acupuncture?
Acupuncture is used as a part of some health care professionals’ intervention and rarely solely on its own. After screening for any contra-indications to treatment and ensuring your consent, very fine sterile needles are inserted into exposed skin for 15-30 minutes. You may feel a slight pinch and some discomfort on insertion of the needles that normally dissipates quickly. You may feel an aching or warmth in the area of the needle throughout the session, which is normal and is described as the “deQi”.
Please note that afterward, a small percentage of people experience bruising at the site, brief dizziness, or fatigue. And in the extreme people may experience nausea, sweating, or tingling while needles are inserted. If these symptoms are present and persist during the session, the practitioner will promptly remove the needles. Throughout the session your healthcare practitioner will be monitoring you to ensure a safe and pleasant experience.
Who uses it?
Acupuncture can be used on its own as a sole intervention, or as part of another practitioners treatment plan (e.g. to help reduce pain so you can complete your exercises). Although used in different contexts, in both cases practitioners are going to screen to make sure acupuncture is appropriate and is the best intervention to achieve your desired goals.