Acupuncture is a safe, effective, and drug-free therapy. It involves the painless insertion of fine, sterile needles by a qualified practitioner. It is used in conjunction with other physiotherapy modalities to alleviate pain and dysfunction.
The concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine underlie the rationale for the use of acupuncture. Qi (pronounced 'chee') is the vital energy that animates and supports the functions of the body. It flows through specific pathways, called meridians, and provides power and nourishment to all cells, organs, and tissues.
Injury or physical stress can result in the blockage of Qi, decreasing and interrupting the supply. The stimulation, with needles, pressure or special cups, of acupuncture points restores the integrity of the Qi flow.
Acupuncture sessions last 20-40 minutes and are usually done in a comfortable lying position. The sterile needles are very thin. Their insertion is painless and may be accompanied by a deep tingly sensation. There are no negative effects or post-treatment symptoms.