Acupuncture Sutton Coldfield

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Acupuncture is the insertion of fine, sterile, single-use needles into points in the body. It is used to release tension to encourage healing and relief. Research indicates that acupuncture might increase the amino acid, adenosine, which is activated by the body to promote healing following an injury.

Acupuncture is often recommended following a medical diagnosis and is carried out in some NHS practices as well as privately.

Like many treatments, it has varying effects on different people but can be an incredibly effective pain reliever. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends using acupuncture as a treatment for migraines and chronic tension headaches, but there are other areas where acupuncture can be very effective.

Who can benefit from Acupuncture ?

When Acupuncture is applied to an affected muscle or trigger point, it can decrease muscle tightness, increase blood flow and reduce pain. Patients often report immediate relief after treatment

Acupuncture offers relief for the following concerns:

Your questions answered

Common questions About Acupuncture

Acupuncture stimulates specific points on the body, aiming to balance energy flow and trigger the body's natural healing response. It's used for pain relief and treating various conditions by influencing nerves, muscles, and blood flow.

Acupuncture is widely acknowledged as one of the safest forms of medicine. Acupuncture needles are pre-sterilized, individually packaged, and disposable. Acupuncturists undergo extensive training and are regulated by the individual states’ medical board.

One of the greatest advantages of acupuncture is that it has virtually no side effects. Occasionally a small temporary bruise may appear at the site of an acupuncture needle. When compared to the laundry list of cautions and side effects for the average pharmaceutical drug, acupuncture is very low risk!

No, the needles do not hurt. In fact, most people barely feel anything when needles are inserted. Some people feel a slight pinch, and others ask “Is it in yet?” 

Acupuncture needles are solid, flexible, and very, very thin (about the width of two hairs).

There are certain sensations associated with the therapeutic effects of acupuncture. These may include slight cramping, heaviness, distention, tingling or electric sensation traveling along a meridian. If any discomfort is experienced, it is usually mild and temporary.

The NHS, following guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), recommends considering acupuncture as a treatment option for specific conditions. These include chronic (long-term) pain, chronic tension-type headaches, migraines, symptoms of prostatitis, and hiccups. 

This endorsement is based on NICE's evaluation of available evidence on the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture for these conditions. It's important to note that while acupuncture is recommended for these specific situations, its availability on the NHS may vary by location and individual patient circumstances.

Acupuncture is sometimes available on the NHS, most commonly through GP surgeries or physiotherapists. However, access to acupuncture on the NHS is limited. Due to this limitation, most patients opt for private treatment. The cost for private acupuncture sessions can vary widely between practitioners. If you are currently undergoing acupuncture treatment for a health condition, or are considering starting treatment, it's advisable to discuss this with your GP.

Beyond pain management, acupuncture is used for various other health issues like stress management, digestive disorders, and respiratory conditions. However, its effectiveness for these conditions may vary and requires further research.

Some long-term benefits of acupuncture include chronic pain management, stress reduction, improved sleep, better digestive health, enhanced immune function, and increased energy.

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