Posted on 7th March 2016 by Fiona
Our Physiotherapists will often use acupuncture as part of their treatment programme here at goPhysio. Rather than traditional acupuncture, they will use a technique called ‘myofascial acupuncture’, which helps to relieve pain and tension.
During Acupuncture Awareness Week, we explore some of the common myths associated with acupuncture and shed some reality on these!
Acupuncture treatment is painful
Acupuncture isn’t pain-free, but it’s not as bad as you might think! Acupuncture is less painful than having blood taken or an injection, as the needles are so fine. You may feel a tiny ‘sting’ as the needle goes in, but many people don’t feel anything. The discomfort you tend to experience with acupuncture while the needles are in place is a deep dull aching, known as ‘De Qi’. According to traditional Chinese practice is the stimulation of energy at that point and is a good sign the needles are doing their job.