Your acupuncture questions answered

Getting to know acupuncture is important in your journey to reaping the rewards of the therapy to treat a range of needs. At Physio Connect, we use acupuncture as part of our holistic and integrated healthcare approach.


How does Acupuncture work? 

Thin needles, with a round edge so they don’t cut the skin, penetrate the skin in order to stimulate strategic points on your body, such as muscles, nerves and connective tissue. These are then activated through subtle movements of the practitioners’ hands, or in some cases with electric stimulation.


What to do before acupuncture?

For your initial appointment, please bring any relevant medical information and history, alongside a list of your current medication. We will start with a consultation and assessment to ensure that acupuncture is right for you, discuss expected outcomes and answer any questions or concerns that you may have. Please wear loose clothing, ideally shorts and a t-shirt.


Does acupuncture hurt during or after treatment?

No. Acupuncture is not meant to hurt, although you may feel some sensations during and after. Depending on your level of pain tolerance and sensitivity, you may feel a throbbing or jumping sensation. The first session may be more intense as energy points are being activated for the first time, but the needles penetrating the skin does not feel like an injection.


How soon does acupuncture begin to work?

The length of time between having the treatment and feeling its benefits can vary. Often people feel a benefit within a few hours of the treatment, but in terms of overall treatment, minor conditions can take a few days to a few weeks to see a tangible benefit whereas major conditions, such as chronic pain, can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.


How many treatments of acupuncture do I need?

Similar to the above, this depends on the issue. It is common to have one to two sessions per week for any length of time.


What does acupuncture do for back pain?

Yes. We do use acupuncture as a therapy for back pain. It can apply to both upper and lower back pain. Get in touch with us to find out how we can start helping treat your health issues today.


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