Acupuncture has been used to treat the symptoms of many conditions, but current evidence mainly supports its use for relief of various types of pain. The effects of needling are achieved through stimulation of the nervous system and by increasing local blood flow reducing pain.
Medical Acupuncture Practised by Osteopaths, Physiotherapists and other primary health care providers use evidence based medicine and clinical experience to guide the application of acupuncture for pain relief, most commonly musculoskeletal pain & chronic pain. Medical acupuncture should only follow after a conventional medical examination, appropriate investigations and diagnosis confirm that the symptoms are suitable for treatment with acupuncture.
Needles are inserted and stimulated to obtain the required physiological effect.