One may find that, depending on their injury and recovery plan, they are introduced to holistic and/or alternative treatments in their physiotherapy sessions. Acupuncture is one such treatment, as it uses the form of inserting needles into your body at different angles and depth.
Acupuncture has delivered proven success throughout the world, and is a mainstay physiotherapy treatment. However, for those who have never experienced this treatment form, their first session can seem terrifying. If you are wary about undergoing this form of treatment, this article has been written to help calm your nerves.
As a first-timer, you may be unsure if this treatment is for you, or be looking for advice on how to prepare for your first session. Here are some helpful suggestions to assist you to prepare for your next appointment and help you realise that it’s not such a daunting thing.
Consider Your Clothes
Dressing comfortably for physiotherapy is a must because we need to see your range of motion as we treat you. We may advise you beforehand to wear loose-fitting clothes, depending on where your injury is. This applies to acupuncture too, we need a clear surface to begin treatment.
Go In With An Open Mind
Although this may sound easier said than done, most people have different opinions about how acupuncture feels. It can seem quite uncomfortable to have a needle plunged into you, painful even, but the experience really does differ from person to person. Some feel a tingling sensation, others can barely feel it however we do our best to ensure every acupuncture session is as pain-free as possible.
Be Honest During Acupuncture
If you feel pain in any area, you need to alert your physiotherapist immediately. Even though it may be a new experience, you do know your body and can determine your pain levels, so be clear throughout your session. Answer questions truthfully and you should have a rather relatively fuss-free appointment.
Acupuncture works to relieve tension build-up, hitting important points in your body’s system to help improve your pain. What many do not expect though in their first acupuncture session is the movement of muscles and possible spasms. Although it can feel rather new, it shouldn’t alarm you as the treatment is designed to get the blood flow back into your body.
At Cairnhill Physiotherapy, acupuncture is just one of our professional, cost-effective services offered and we can assure you that each of our physiotherapists is highly skilled and licensed to provide this therapy. To book a session, contact our Auckland Physiotherapy clinic. We specialise in providing you with comprehensive treatment to improve your overall health and wellbeing.