How does Acupuncture work?


Acupuncture works using a number of different mechanisms; firstly, it stimulates the release of powerful painkilling and anti-inflammatory substances from the brain.  It also changes the way the body responds to pain.  Acupuncture promotes homeostasis or a return to a state of balance, this is why we say acupuncture stimulates the body to heal itself.  Acupuncture treatment has influence over the nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine and immune systems of the body.


What are acupuncture needles like?

Acupuncture needles are very fine, with a diameter similar to that of a human hair.  All needles are sterile and single use.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Because the needles are very fine, there is no pain on insertion of the needle.  The sensations that may be felt can include some tingling, or slight heaviness in the area.  As the treatment takes effect patients typically feel an overall feeling of relaxation and well-being.

How many treatments will I need?

The answer to this will depend on the condition being treated, the severity of the symptoms and the duration of the condition.  It also varies from patient to patient.  A very acute condition usually sees results in the first few treatments, while a more chronic condition will typically require more treatments before significant changes are seen.

Do you provide dry needling?

Yes, dry needling is provided.

What can I expect in my first treatment? 

If you are attending for pain or injury we will perform the EXSTORE physical assessment system, as developed by Dr. Anthony Lombardi, to discover which muscles are not firing correctly and are causing dysfunctional movement patterns resulting in pain, inflammation and decreased mobility.  We then treat the relevant motor points to restore the function in the muscles- an improvement in strength and a decrease in pain will often be seen in session.

For internal conditions we take a detailed history and form a treatment plan.

If you have any other questions about your acupuncture treatment, please don’t hesitate to call or email.