Acupuncture is a safe, simple and effective technique that is effectively used in the treatment of painful musculoskeletal conditions. Clinical trials show that acupuncture has an effect on pain systems in the body, relieving pain by stimulating physiological reactions to an invasive stimulus. Pain relief is initiated by stimulus of the small diameter nerves in muscles, which sends impulses to the spinal cord; together with the brain it releases chemical agents that relieve pain (opiate type pain relief).
Short term pain relief using acupuncture can be helpful when mobilising painful joints and when beginning an exercise program, and can be incorporated into a full rehabilitation program. Studies have shown that acupuncture used in conjunction to physiotherapy can reduce the number of treatment sessions required and achieve instant results.
Acupuncture, when included in a physiotherapy consultation, is covered under the ancillary cover of your health fund.