Acupuncture has likely been used for around 5000 years, although it became established around 2000 years ago. It involves the insertion of very fine needles into the skin and left in position. The number of needles varies and can by from 3 up to around 10. The practitioner will assess each patient’s case and treatment will be tailored to the individual.
What conditions can be treated?
Acupuncture is effective in a range of painful conditions including;
Low back pain
Tension type headaches and migraine
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain.
Short term improvements in the symptoms of overactive bladder syndrome
How does acupuncture work?
Since acupuncture has existed for so many 1000s of years, many theories and superstitions have emerged. What we now know is acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle, and can produce a variety of effects. We know that it increases the body's release of natural painkillers - endorphin and serotonin - in the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain. This modifies the way pain signals are received.
Does it hurt?
The needles are typically 0.1 to 0.2mm in thickness, and when performed skilfully, it is unlikely you will feel any pain. Patients typically report tingling, euphoria or relaxation.
What to expect at my first appointment?
You will receive a full case history and comprehensive assessment including the latest, and most effective tests to determine why you are in pain or not functioning as well as you should. We will also discuss your goals; are you looking for pain relief, increased strength, mobility, performance or better posture? I will explain my findings and what to expect from the treatment. You will also receive a copy of the Report of Findings.
The treatment will focus on reducing your pain levels. However, you will also receive advice on what you can do to help yourself, as well as specific home exercises that will speed up your recovery.
You will, in nearly all cases, receive your first treatment in the first appointment.
What makes Park View Chiropractie different?
You will receive treatments from a member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS). In the UK, like in the Netherlands, acupuncture is not regulated. The BMAS believes that acupuncture should only be used by trained practitioners who can adequately assess the risks and benefits of applying the therapy. All members of the Society are regulated health professionals and are subject to the Society’s Code of Practice and Complaints Procedure.