How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture stimulates the body to produce its own pain-relieving chemicals called “endorphins”. These chemicals can help block pain messages, improve general relaxation of tight muscles, and restore biochemical balance in the tissues. There is also thought to be a local response in the muscles stimulated by the needles, which involves increased blood flow, reduction of inflammation and reduction of tightness in the affected muscle.
Are there any risks?
One of the most striking aspects of Acupuncture is that there is almost a complete absence of adverse effects and complications from its use, when employed by a trained professional. At Saanichton Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic, we use only sterile, vacuum-sealed, disposable needles, which prevents any risk of infection and cross-contamination. There is almost never any bleeding caused by the needles because they are so fine.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
People experience different sensations with Acupuncture. Because the needles are so fine, there may only be some mild aching or tingling when the needle goes in, or there may be no perceived discomfort sat all. The goal of Acupuncture is to promote healing and relaxation; therefore, if the treatment causes you any discomfort, the needles would be removed immediately.
How many treatments are required?
The number of treatments required will vary for each patient and also depend on the condition being treated. However, it is suggested that a trial of at least 3 treatments be attempted for maximal results. For complex or chronic conditions, treatment may take between 4-6 weeks, with decreased frequency of treatments per week as the condition improves.