Podiatric Acupuncture is the use of acupuncture as a therapeutic tool, by podiatrists , to treat diseases of the lower limbs.
Acupuncture needles are placed along specific pathways or meridians at acupoints, or at trigger points. The needles stimulate the release of natural painkillers called Endorphins as well as affecting the pain modifying areas of the brain. This helps relieves the discomfort associated with painful disorders and hence restore function and healing.
What is the scope of Podiatric Acupuncture?
Podiatric Acupuncture is a system which can influence three areas of health care:
Promotion of foot health and well-being
Prevention of podiatric medical conditions
Treatment of various podiatric medical conditions
Acupuncture has been used to treat many podiatric medical problems, but is particularly useful for pain. It can help with joint pains and neurological conditions relating to the lower limb. It has also been used to treat problems such as plantar fasciitis, Morton's neuroma and leg cramps. 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 acute problems, usually fewer visits are required, and 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? and what are the side effects?
Provided patients are under the care of a medical practitioner or a specialist podiatrist, chiropractor or osteopath; all trained in western medicine, acupuncture does seem to be a very safe treatment. Some patients may experience bruising, may feel faint, or may feel very tired following treatment. However, acupuncture has fewer side effects than many drug treatments and most people experience no problems at all.
Do I have to believe in acupuncture for it to work?
No. Acupuncture is used successfully by veterinarians on cats, horses and other animals. These animals do not understand or believe in the process that makes them better. Belief in the therapy is not a factor that will influence the outcome of the treatment. A positive attitude toward wellness may reinforce the effects of the treatment received, just as a negative attitude may hinder the effects of acupuncture or any other treatment.
Why choose a Podiatrist?
Podiatrists work in close conjunction with GP's, Consultants and other health care professionals. They have undergone a 3 or 4 year degree in Podiatry before embarking on further acupuncture training as a post-graduate level.
Podiatrists are bound by a strict professional and ethical code.
Acupuncture is safe & virtually painless.
Acupuncture works naturally with little or no side effects.
Acupuncture stimulates the body to help itself
Podiatrists work closely with your GP.
To compliment podiatrists wide scope of practice many podiatrists now use acupuncture.
podiatrists use single use; disposable needles.