Medical Acupuncture treatment involves the practitioner inserting fine needles through the skin and leaving them in position for a brief period of time. The number of needles varies (sometimes as little as one or two) and the practitioner will assess each patient’s case and tailor the treatment to the individual.
Treatment may typically be once a week to begin with (although sometimes more regularly), then at longer intervals as the condition responds. A typical course of treatment lasts 5 to 8 sessions.
The use of acupuncture needling for the treatment of pain is supported by an ever-growing body of scientific evidence. The British Medical Acupuncture Society recognises that it increases the body’s release of natural painkillers – endorphin and serotonin – in the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain. This modifies the way pain signals are received.
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