Your physiotherapist will take a full history of your condition. They will also ask questions about your past medical history and medication, as certain medical conditions and medications will mean that you cannot receive acupuncture. If you are concerned about anything please contact your physiotherapist before your session to discuss it further.
You will be asked to fill in and sign a consent form for treatment.
You will be asked to undress so that the relevant body part can be accessed easily, so please wear appropriate clothing.
Between 1-10 needles will be inserted, and left in place for up to 25-30 minutes. Your physiotherapist will stimulate the needles 1-2 times during a session by gently turning them. This increases the effects of the treament.
The number of sessions that you will need depends on you and your condition.
Usually patients recieve a course of 4-6 treatments, but in some cases one or two treatments are sufficient. Treatments are normally at 1-2 week intervals.
For chronic pain cases, often "top up" sessions are needed after the inital course to maintain the reduction in pain. These are often spaced at 4-6 weekly intervals, but this can vary, and some patients feel that they can manage for months before needing further sessions.
The effects of acupuncture are cumulative, meaning that the benefits tend to build up over a few sessions. People respond in different ways and at different rates. Some will notice an improvement immediately, whereas others will notice gradual improvements over a few sessions.
People are described as responders and non responders. Responders will notice an improvement in their condition, while non responders will not. Evidence suggests that approximately 70% of people are responders to acupuncture.
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