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Acupuncture, Clean Needle Technique

Updated: Dec 27, 2023

Acupuncture, Clean Needle Technique
Acupuncture, Clean Needle Technique, Acute Acupuncture 163 The Terrace, Wellington Central, Wellington

Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine that has been practiced for centuries. It involves the insertion of thin needles into the skin to stimulate specific points on and around the body. Acupuncture is used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including chronic pain, mental health disorders, and digestive issues, among many other conditions. While acupuncture is generally considered safe, acupuncturists must take the right steps to ensure they are using the clean needle technique. This in return prevents cross-contamination, prevents infections, and ensures that they use clean, sterile, single-use needles for the patient's benefit.

The clean needle technique refers to the practice of keeping needles and other medical equipment clean and free from contaminants. This is especially important in acupuncture, where needles are inserted into the skin, as any contamination may lead to infection. Single-use needles are an important part of the clean needle technique, as they are designed to be used only once before being disposed of in the appropriate hazmat container. This helps to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, and microbes from one person to another. At Acute Acupuncture, we only use single-use acupuncture needles, sheets are changed after each patient, surfaces are wiped down after each patient, and we wash our hands or use sterilizing gel.

Aseptic treatment is another important part of preventing infections in acupuncture. This involves taking measures to ensure that the treatment area is clean and free from bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other pathogens. For example, the treatment area should be disinfected before and after each session, and the practitioner may want to wear gloves and other protective gear to prevent the spread of microbes. Acute Acupuncture uses gloves depending on the body area that is being used and the area may also be swabbed with alcohol or iodine before being needled.

Microbes are microscopic organisms that may cause infections. They include bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites, among others. In acupuncture, microbes can be introduced through contaminated needles or breaks in the skin caused by needle insertion. This is why it is important to use clean and sterile single-use needles, and to take preventative steps to prevent infections or outbreaks. Acute Acupuncture takes a proactive approach to hygiene and the correct preventative steps to ensure that we have done everything we can do for our patients.

Preventing infections through acupuncture is a serious matter not just for COVID-19, and it requires a methodical approach. Practitioners must be aware of the risks of contamination and take the right steps to prevent or minimize the spread of microbes in the clinic. This includes using single-use needles, practicing aseptic techniques, and following strict hygiene protocols in the acupuncture clinic. Patients may also have the opportunity to play a vital role in preventing infections, Firstly by choosing a well-trained, reputable, and experienced practitioner like the practitioners at Acute Acupuncture. The next step is to ask questions until you feel confident in the practitioner you are visiting, asking about their sterilization practices, how often the clinic may change their towels or sheets or linens, the last time they wiped down the surfaces in the clinic, and when was the last time that they washed their hands or used sterilizing gel.

Acupuncture is a valuable form of alternative medicine that may help to treat a wide variety of conditions. However, it is important to take the right precautions to prevent infections and to ensure that the needles used are clean, sterile, and single-use needles. Clean needle technique, single-use needles, aseptic treatment, and awareness of microbes are all important parts of preventing infections in acupuncture. By taking these steps, we can ensure that acupuncture remains safe and effective for all patients. Acupuncture has a long-standing history and a growing body of evidence highlights its potential as a valuable treatment option, promoting overall health and well-being. However, it's important to note that acupuncture should always be performed by a licensed and trained practitioner. After treatments, one may feel relaxed, energized, and rejuvenated. Communicating with your practitioner about your experience is important to ensure you receive the maximum benefits from these treatments. Click the button below and book a complementary 15-minute consultation at Acute Acupuncture 163 The Terrace, Wellington Central, Wellington. Let's discuss if acupuncture is the right thing for you. Thank you for taking the time to read this Blog Post, don't forget to like, subscribe, and share this post with others. If you have any questions or concerns check out Acute-Acupuncture Wellington Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), as we find this help to answer most people's questions, and please leave a comment below.

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