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Research has shown that most people gain pain relief from Acupuncture and this is generally due to the release of endorphins into the body during the Acupuncture process. Endorphins are pain inhibiting substances which create an analgesic effect. The scientific proof of the release of endorphins allows Acupuncture to be integrated with conventional medicine. Clinical trials provide evidence that it has a powerful and sustained effect on musculoskeletal pain.
Patients treated with Acupuncture may require more than one treatment before the Physiotherapist can be certain that there is a response to the treatment. People who are ‘strong reactors’ to acupuncture will show changes immediately after the first treatment and may even become slightly worse initially. The majority of patients experience a gradual change in symptoms. The effect of acupuncture is often cumulative.
Acupuncture is most effective if a 'needling' sensation is felt by the patient at every Acupuncture point. This sensation, known as the 'DEQI' (pronounced 'day-chee') is described as a numbness, fullness, deep aching, or warmth.
Acupuncture does not work for everybody or for every condition, but good results are frequently achieved, even when the more conventional fields have been tried and failed.