Acupuncture has a solid scientific basis; it has been proven to stimulate the endorphin system which can result in reduced pain and inflammation.
The response rate to acupuncture treatment is high, especially for patients with pain of musculo-skeletal origin or headaches.
The complication and side effect rate is extremely low. Physiotherapists who incorporate acupuncture in their practice must complete post-graduate clinical education through institutions recognized by their regulatory body.
Following an assessment by your physiotherapist, treatment is tailored to your individual needs. Typically, fine needles are inserted through the skin and left in position briefly, sometimes with manual or electrical stimulation. The number of needles varies but may be only two or three.