What is medical acupuncture?

‘Medical Acupuncture’ refers to the use of acupuncture needling as a therapeutic technique following an orthodox diagnosis. This is not the same approach as traditional Chinese acupuncture. Acupuncture needling works by stimulating certain nerves in muscle and other tissues. Evidence has shown it to be useful in treating pain from a variety of conditions.

What Are The Benefits?

Acupuncture is generally regarded as a safe treatment. with few side effects. Some people will get good pain relief. Unfortunately not all patients will respond, and we can never guarantee the result.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is generally very safe. Serious side effects are very rare, that is. less than one per 10.000 treatments.
How many needles will be used? Treatments will vary depending on the individual and the condition being treated. Commonly. between two and ten needles will be used.


How many treatments are needed?

The pain-relieving effects of acupuncture build up as the treatment progresses. Usually a positive effect can be experienced within three to four sessions. If no improvement has been achieved by this time, your Podiatrist/Practitioner may discontinue acupuncture treatment. If you are beginning to improve, treatment will usually continue for further sessions.

Does acupuncture have side effects?

You need to be aware that:

Drowsiness can occur after treatment in a small number of patients. If affected, you are advised not to drive or leave the department until fully recovered.

Minor bleeding or bruising can occur after acupuncture in about 3% of treatments.
Pain during treatment can occur in about I% of treatments.

Existing symptoms can get worse after treatment (less than 3% of patients). You should tell your podiatrist/practitioner about this. but it is usually a good sign. Fainting may occur.


All ways make sure your podiatrist / chiropodist is registered with Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
It is illegal to provide podiatry / chiropody treatment unless HCPC registered.