What Do You Know About Acupuncture?

Posted on: 6 July 2016

Acupuncture is used to relieve chronic pain that often results from various ailments and medical conditions. An increasing number of physiotherapists include acupuncture in their pain management programs because of its effectiveness. As such, you shouldn't be skeptical about paying for the extra cost of acupuncture sessions as part of your pain management program.

This article discusses three possible myths you're likely to have heard about acupuncture.

Acupuncture Is Not Safe For Children

Sports-oriented children often suffer different types of injuries. These include torn ligaments, strained muscles and damaged soft tissues among others.

You might have heard (or you may think) that acupuncture isn't a pain-relief option for children because children can't bear the constant piercing action of acupuncture needles on their skin.

The good news is that your child's acupuncture sessions don't necessarily have to involve the use of needles. The physiotherapist can adopt non-invasive forms of acupuncture for the young patient. These include acupressure and cupping among others. Acupressure allows the physiotherapist to stimulate acupuncture points by applying slight pressure using his or her fingers. Cupping refers to the use of heated cups to create suction on the child's skin. This is done to increase the amount of bloodflowing into the injured area so as to encourage a quick recovery.

Acupuncture Provides Pain Relief For Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee osteoarthritis is a common ailment for older people. However, the younger generation may also develop this condition as a result of serious knee injuries.

Because acupuncture is known to be effective in relieving pain caused by other types of arthritis, many patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis believe that this form of treatment is equally effective for their condition. This study suggests otherwise and you might want to seek a second opinion if the physiotherapist suggests that acupuncture sessions should be incorporated into your pain management program.

Acupuncture Only Helps With Pain Relief

Many women in the fight against infertility choose assisted reproduction therapies such as in vitro fertilization. Various factors may affect the probability that a woman will conceive through assisted reproduction.

Research carried out by the National Centre For Biotechnology Information suggests that chances of a woman getting pregnant through assisted reproduction are higher if the woman incorporates acupuncture into her schedule after the therapy.

Acupuncture is almost synonymous with pain relief. However, it's clear that this isn't the only area of application for this type of physiotherapy treatment.