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Who shouldn't get acupuncture

Acupuncture can come with a lot of popular misconceptions. Some people refuse to consider it on account of a deep fear of needles, while others aren’t quite sure whether the technique plays any role in modern Western medicine practices. So, when should and shouldn’t acupuncture be considered? What are the factors that could stop you from being eligible for acupuncture?

In this blog, we hope to explain more clearly what acupuncture is, when it may offer health benefits, and who shouldn’t be considering it as a possible treatment technique. Continue reading to learn more, and contact NDPE to ask any further questions.

For personalised advice, contact our team at Northern Districts Physiotherapy & Sports Clinic today.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture can be traced back to ancient practices of traditional Chinese medicine. The technique derives from the traditional Chinese belief that the body is made up of over 2,000 acupuncture points, all connected by ‘pathways’ throughout the body. These pathways guide the energy flow throughout the body which, when disrupted, cause disease and injury. Acupuncture is the practice of applying needles to certain points throughout the body, and is thought to improve health by improving the flow of energy.

The technique itself involves using very fine and thin metallic needles to penetrate the skin over these acupuncture points. The areas are then activated by an acupuncture practitioner, who will often apply gentle hand movements over the areas to help promote healing.

How Acupuncture Works

While acupuncture originated as a practice to stimulate energy pathways in the body, many Western healthcare practitioners are also incorporating stimulation of acupuncture points into their services. It is believed that these points can activate the central nervous system, which then releases key chemicals into the brain, spinal cord, and muscles. Stimulating these areas may enhance the body’s natural healing processes and increase overall well-being.

Some of the conditions and health issues that may be treated with acupuncture, either alone or in coordination with other therapies, include:

  • Headaches
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Myofascial pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Nausea
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Several other common conditions and causes of pain

Who Shouldn’t Get Acupuncture Therapy?

One of the biggest factors that can prevent you from being eligible for safe acupuncture treatment is bleeding disorders such as haemophilia. Similarly, you should always talk to your GP or acupuncture practitioner if you are taking any medicines, particularly anticoagulant medication. Acupuncture is also not advised for anyone with a metal allergy, infection around the area where needles may be inserted, an unstable spine, or severe blood clotting disorder.

Ultimately, choosing to receive acupuncture treatment should be a decision made with the guidance and advice of healthcare practitioners. Be sure to give a full overview of your medical history, medications, and health conditions, as you may not be aware of what could influence the success of acupuncture treatment.

Things to Consider Before Acupuncture

First and foremost, it is important to remember that acupuncture is not for everyone. Be sure to have a full consultation and assessment with your GP or physio before booking an acupuncture session. There is usually a range of possible treatment options available, and you should participate in a wider discussion of what may be best for you. Acupuncture may play a role in that, or there may be more suitable options for your symptoms. Here are a few other key things to consider prior to treatment:

  • Bring in information regarding all medicine and past or present conditions to discuss with your practitioner
  • Choose a qualified and licensed acupuncture practitioner for your treatment
  • Always receive a diagnosis from a GP or physiotherapist before enquiring about acupuncture services

Book an Appointment at NDPE for Acupuncture in West Ryde

Here at Northern Districts Physiotherapy & Sports Clinic, we offer our clients a selection of different therapies and treatment options to help improve their physical and mental well-being. If you’re struggling with an injury or health condition and you think that acupuncture may help, we would love to lend a hand. We offer acupuncture services for a variety of health problems. Book an appointment with us today to have a full consultation with an experienced physiotherapist. Let’s discuss acupuncture and all other treatment options to find the best path forward together.


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