Acupuncture is considered a very safe treatment option when carried out by fully qualified professionals. All AACP members have completed comprehensive training and are fully qualified/insured to treat in addition to their chartered physiotherapist status. 

Treatment needles are sterile and single use, disposed of by the clinician after each use in a suitable sharps disposal unit. 

Acupuncture can be considered safe when practised by a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) because of the strict hygiene guidelines that must be adhered too. In addition to this, all AACP members are required to undertake continued professional training which they must evidence annually in order to maintain their membership. 

Are there any side effects?

Generally side effects are non-existent or confined to slight bruising. Possible side effects may include: fatigue, light headedness, bruising, localised blood spotting, tenderness or redness where needles were inserted. If you feel tired after a treatment it is recommended that you do not drive or operate machinery and rest where possible. It is also advisable to drink plenty of water to keep hydrated. 

If you have or are concerned about any possible side effects, please speak to your physiotherapist.