Dynamic Motion Wales | Crossroads Clinic
82 High Street, Gorseinon, Swansea, SA4 4BL
01792 447622 / 07855885651

Acupuncture Patient Information

Acupuncture is a treatment that involves the use of a special needle along with its specific insertion and technique into a patient. It was developed in China about 2,000 years ago. Today, there are two main forms of acupuncture; traditional and modern. 

The traditional form bases its application on ancient ideas which are difficult for us to understand or accept today. Modern acupuncture has been taken up by many health professionals in the West, many of which have reinterpreted it in terms of modern anatomy, physiology and pathology. 

This form of acupuncture has been called Western medical acupuncture or dry needling.

The BBC lists acupuncture as one of the few evidently effective treatments for arthritis in its news item regarding the study released by Arthritis Research UK.

“Slowly, but surely, complementary and alternative therapies are being recognised as a having health and well-being value.”
Terry Cullen, British Complementary Medicine Association
(Report – 9th Jan, 2013)

Dynamic Motion Wales uses modern acupuncture as a treatment option for their patients.

Various conditions that may respond to the use of acupuncture:

  • Osteo-arthritis (affecting toes, feet, ankles and knees)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis & associated inflammatory arthritic conditions
  • Bunion pain
  • Intermittent claudication (poor circulation)
  • Nerve pain (neuralgia) – e.g. Morton’s neuroma
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Sporting injuries
  • Shin pain (“shin splints”)
  • Achilles pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Ganglions
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Sciatica related pain
  • Verruca
  • Ligament sprains

We advise against acupuncture if:

  • You are pregnant or trying to become pregnant
  • You have infected/broken skin/tumour in area to be needled
  • Metal allergies – especially nickel/steel
  • You suffer from uncontrollable seizures/epilepsy
  • You have uncontrollable INR levels

How many treatments will I require?

Sometimes one treatment is enough but this is unusual. Most people require a course of roughly 2 to 6 treatments. At first you may be asked to come back after one or two weeks; as improvement occurs the intervals between treatments may be made longer. 

Generally speaking, there should be at least some effect after two or three treatments. If nothing at all happens you are probably not going to respond to this form of treatment.

You may find that the effects of treatment vary from time to time. One treatment may help a lot, the next less or even not at all. Don’t worry too much about this; provided there is a long-term trend towards improvement all is in order.