Conventional acupuncture involves the use of single-use, pre-sterilised disposable needles of varying widths, lengths and materials that pierce the skin at the acupuncture points. The physiotherapist will determine the locations of these points on the basis of an assessment of the cause of the imbalance. A number of needles may be used during each treatment, and these are typically left in position for between 20 and 30 minutes before being removed.
Used in conjunction with other treatments, accupuncture can offer:
- Relief of muscle, joint, and/or nerve pain
- Decreased headache frequency
- Increased energy
- Reduction of injury-associated anxiety