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Acupuncture is commonly used as a treatment at Heal.  It will be discussed with you and you will be asked to sign a consent form prior to treatment.

What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture forms part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). This ancient system of medicine dates back as far as 1000 years BC and is based on a holistic concept of treatment which regards ill health as a manifestation of imbalance in the body’s energy. Re-establishing a correct balance is the aim of TCM. Energy is referred to as Qi, (pronounced chee) and is described in terms of Yin energy – quiet and calm and Yang energy –vigorous and exciting. They are complementary opposites and in health exist in a dynamic but balanced state in the body. Practitioners of TCM believe that stimulating certain Acupuncture points on the body can help to restore the balance between Yin and Yang that becomes disturbed in illness.

At Heal we combine TCM principles with scientific evidence as a means of reducing pain and promoting healing, always with the aim of enhancing physiotherapy treatments such as exercise and rehabilitation techniques to promote recovery and improve quality of life.
We use of single-use, pre-sterilised disposable needles that pierce the skin at the acupuncture points.  Needles are left in for 20-30minutes before being removed.
We may also use acupuncture to relieve trigger points (tight bands within muscles).  The needles are in place until the trigger point is released and therefore the treatment times for this is often much shorter.

What are the risks? 
Your physiotherapist will go through an extensive ‘check list’ to ensure you are medically fit to receive acupuncture. You will be made aware of any risks involved and asked to sign a consent form. Occasionally, a little bruising or bleeding may occur where the needle has been inserted. 

If you feel light headed, nauseous, clammy or faint during treatment, please inform the physiotherapist straight away. 

As acupuncture involves a needle piercing the skin, there is a very small risk of localised infection. There is a risk of a needle breaking but these events are very rare. 
What can I expect afterwards? 
Most people are able to carry on ‘as normal’. You may feel a little tired after acupuncture. Occasionally some people feel slightly more pain after treatment but this is often short lived. 

Will I be able to drive home afterwards? 
Most people are fine to drive after acupuncture. However, if you feel tired, it is advised not to travel long distances. 

Do I need to do anything before treatment? 
It is important to have eaten before treatment, so try and eat breakfast or lunch as normal. Please wear suitable loose clothing. 

Can I take my usual tablets? 
Yes, take your usual medication as prescribed. 

What happens next? 
Your physiotherapist may want to see you for an initial trial of three to four treatments to assess your response to acupuncture. If your pain and symptoms have not significantly improved in this time, acupuncture is unlikely to help your condition.

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"Excellent standard of care from the initial contact telephone call to end of treatment.  Heal Physiotherapy is a highly professional organisation which delivers the highest quality of care.  At all times the individual needs of the patient are upper most.  I was transformed from a complete state of immobility to full functioning in 4 visits and left treatment with clear guidance on prevention actions.  We are lucky to this high level of physiotherapy treatment within easy access of Dundee and North Fife"
Dr Liz Rogerson
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