Podiatry Acupuncture is the application of acupuncture by podiatrists as a therapeutic tool to treat conditions of the lower limbs. Very fine acupuncture needles are placed along specific pathways or meridians at acupuncture or trigger points. The needles stimulate the release of natural painkillers called Endorphins and Encephalin, which help relieve the discomfort associated with painful disorders.
Electro-Acupuncture uses low frequency electrically stimulated needles to enhance treatments where necessary.
What is the scope of Podiatry Acupuncture?
Podiatry Acupuncture is a system which can influence two areas of health care:
Promotion of foot health and well-being
Treatment of various podiatry conditions
Acupuncture has been used to treat many podiatry problems, but is particularly useful for pain relief. It can help with joint pains and neurological conditions relating to the lower limb. It has also been used to treat problems such as:
Pain relief for in growing toe nails
Restless Leg Syndrome
Arthritic foot, knee & Leg Pain
Musculoskeletal problems of the lower limb
Post operative pain
While acupuncture is often associated with pain control, in the hands of a well-trained podiatrist it has much broader applications. Acupuncture can be effective as the only treatment used, or as the support or adjunct to other podiatry treatment in many medical and surgical disorders.
How many treatments are needed?
The number of treatments varies from person to person. For complex or long-standing conditions, one or two treatments a week for several weeks may be recommended. For short term problems, usually fewer visits are required. For health maintenance, four sessions a year may be all that is necessary. Most people need between 3 to 8 treatments, and some people need to return for regular "top up" treatments every few months.
Is Acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is generally very safe, serious side effects are very rare less than 1 per 10,000 treatments
What are the side effects?
What are the side effects?
Some patients may experience:
Fainting may happen in some patients. if you have a history of fainting please inform the practitioner
Drowsiness may occur after a treatment in a small number of patients, if you are affected it is advisable not to drive.
General aches and pains the following day after treatment.
Minor bleeding or bruising may occur at the sight of the needles insertion in about 3% of patients.
Pain may be experienced during the treatment in about 1% of patients
Excising symptoms may get worse after treatment in a small amount of patients
However, acupuncture has fewer side effects than many drug treatments and most
people experience no problems at all.