Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Most patients are amazed at how painless acupuncture is. With careful consideration to the needs of the patient, discomfort can well be avoided and/or reduced. When the correct stimulus of the needle has been obtained you may feel some heaviness, distention, tingling or electric sensation either around the needle or traveling up or down the affected energy pathway or meridian. This is a normal response to Qi sensation. I often refer to these sensations as ‘an acquired taste’.

How many times do I need to come for acupuncture treatment?

The amount of treatment necessary is assessed case by case and can be discussed with your practitioner to suit your needs. To achieve the best results, you will often have a course of treatment which can be between 4-8 treatments usually once a week. If longer treatment is necessary which can be the case, then a break of 1-2 weeks is advised before continuing with a new course of treatment. This allows for the body to adjust given the new information/experience received from the previous treatment.

What should I do after an acupuncture treatment?

Acupuncture changes the state of energy of the body and affects nerve and blood vessels as well as the tone within the muscles. For this reason, it is best to avoid heavy physical labor/exercise following a treatment. Avoidance of alcohol is also recommended. Drinking ample water is always recommended.

Usually there is relief from the first or second treatment and this is consolidated with progressive treatments. Occasionally patients may notice a brief worsening of the symptoms of the condition prior to an improvement.

Is Acupuncture available on the ACC?

Yes. You will need to have an ACC45 number already which can be obtained by first visiting your doctor, physiotherapist, chiropractor or osteopath. You can continue treatrment with other health practitioners of a different modality with acupuncture. The treatments just need to be on different days.

Should I tell my doctor I am coming for treatment?

It is advisable that you inform all healthcare professionals of treatments that you are receiving. It is also important to inform practitioners of any medication that you are taking. Certain medications and treatments can have an effect on the expected outcomes of your treatment.