After carefully considering if you are suitable for acupuncture, the Physiotherapist will insert single-use, sterile needles quickly into the skin and into the tissues.
Acupuncture is not painful, although some people may be aware of a 'warm' feeling or 'pin-prick' sensation. Once the needles are in place, you may feel an ache of heavy sensation at and around the needle. This is referred to as 'De-Qi' and is a sign that the body's inbuilt pain relieving mechanisms are being stimulated.
Most commonly, 2-16 needles are used in one session. They are usually left in for 20-40 minutes. Acupuncture may be offered to you as an adjunct to other manual treatment techniques.
Physiotherapists typically view it as a complimentary therapy rather than an alternative one. Acupuncture will be suggested to you if the Physiotherapist believes it will help or improve the effectiveness of your overall treatment. You can of course decline.