Acupuncture Treatment For Nottingham & Derby
Our leading acupuncture clinics offer you a comprehensive range of acupuncture treatment techniques. This allows us to choose the best type of therapy for you as an individual. There are a range of conditions that respond very well to acupuncture – back pain, neck pain and knee osteoarthritis are just a few. Our acupuncture clinics covers Nottingham, Derby and the midlands, giving everyone easy access to the highest standard of treatment and care.
Acupuncture Treatment Techniques
Every acupuncture treatment is carried out by a fully qualified professional. The type of treatment you receive will depend on your condition and your needs as an individual. All the techniques we use are thought to relieve pain by stimulating the body’s built-in pain relieving mechanisms. The 3 main treatment techniques are:
- ‘western acupuncture’ treatment – this will involve the use of small, sterile, stainless steel needles. These are used once and then safely thrown away. They are much smaller than an injection needle and don’t usually cause any pain.
- acupressure treatment – this involves your therapist placing sustained physical pressure on an acupuncture point using their finger. Needles aren’t used during this treatment.
- electro-acupuncture treatment – this involves your therapist applying the small acupuncture needles as normal and then supplying them with a tiny electrical pulse.
Who Can Use Our Acupuncture Clinic?
Our acupuncture clinic is available to private patients and workers whose employers use our occupational health and other services. It is suitable for all kinds of people, but the success of your treatment can depend on a number of factors. These factors can include:
- your general health
- the severity and duration of your condition
- how your condition has been managed in the past
Your therapist will be able to advise you on whether they feel acupuncture is the best type of treatment for you. If you have any questions or concerns, you can ask at your appointment or contact usfor more information.
Who Should Not Have Acupuncture Treatment?
Before your acupuncture treatment, your therapist will check whether there are any problems that could mean acupuncture is not the right choice of treatment for you. They will not treat you if you:
- have a known allergy to stainless steel
- have a phobia of needles
- have a known infection in the area that needs treatment
When Should Acupuncture Treatment Be Given With Caution?
Your therapist will need to know if you have certain conditions, so they will ask you about your medical history at your first appointment. They may be able to give you treatment with caution if you:
- have haemophilia
- are pregnant or trying for a baby
- suffer from epilepsy
- have a deficient or weakened immune system
- have a pace maker
- are taking blood thinning (anticoagulation) medicine
- are diabetic
Acupuncture – Back Pain & Body Pain Relief
The National Institute of Clinical Evidence authorized the use of acupuncture for back pain in particular in 2008. Acupuncture is also commonly used for neck pain and osteoarthritis of the knee. Research suggests acupuncture works by stimulating the body’s natural pain relief systems. It is widely accepted as an effective treatment within the NHS and private practice.
Whatever your condition, research suggests that acupuncture can take up to 6-10 treatments to get the best results. Some people don’t respond to acupuncture and if your symptoms haven’t improved after your first course of treatment, acupuncture may not be for you. If this is the case, your therapist will give you an honest and professional opinion on whether they feel the treatment should continue. However, many patients may find a significant or lasting relief of pain, especially when treatment is used to manage a recent, acute problem.
What To Expect At The Acupuncture Clinic
When you arrive at our acupuncture clinic, your clinician will explain what to expect from your treatment. Once you are fully comfortable and agree to your treatment, you will be given a test dose lasting 10-15 minutes. This will check your tolerance to the needles. During the treatment, you will feel a pinprick as each needle enters your skin, but most of the time you won’t feel anything. You may experience a burning or tingling sensation when the needles are in your skin. These sensations are positive sign that the body is responding to the treatment, but you don’t have to feel anything for acupuncture to work.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Many people will never experience side effects from acupuncture treatments. Some people may experience minor side effects, whilst serious side effects are very rare.
Minor side effects that some people experience include:
- some discomfort where the needles are applied
- drowsiness or sleepiness following treatment
- bruising at the needle site
- temporary pain increase
- feeling faint or fainting
Serious side effects are very rare. They are generally associated with receiving treatment from people without the correct qualifications and training. It’s therefore really important to check your acupuncturist is a registered member of the AACP (Acupuncture Association Of Physiotherapists). Serious side effects can include damage to an internal organ from the insertion of a needle or infections in the area where the needle was inserted. Seeing an unqualified acupuncturist can also mean risking Hepatitis or HIV infections or an infection which may infect a previously damaged heart valve. Practitioners without the right training can also sometimes cause a premature onset of labour in pregnant women.
All our acupuncturists are fully registered members of AACP, so you can be sure you’ll receive safe and professional care. To find out more or to book an appointment, please contact us.