In Traditional Chinese Medicine the aim is to address any imbalance within the body (blockage, ineffective or sluggish organ etc) in order to restore health and harmony to your body and mind.
It stimulates the release of pain relieving endorphins and substances that transmit nerve impulses to the brain - effecting the autonomic nervous system (non voluntary functions ie organ functions)
Allow one hour for initial consultation and treatment , follow ups are 45-60 min
ACC $30 Initial, $20 follow up , Private $95 Initial , $65 follow up
For FAQ’s please see below
Acupuncture is part of a wonderful system (Traditional Chinese Medicine) that has been developed and refined over thousands of years and can be helpful in treating the symptoms of many health issues
It involves the insertion of very fine sterile (single use) needles into specific points on meridians (channels of energy) on the body. Points are selected according to the diagnosis made by the practitioner in order to stimulate the body and bring about balance & health.
Headaches, Digestive problems (e.g. constipation, IBS, bloating, reflux etc.), Depression, Anxiety, Fatigue/Low Energy, Menstrual disorders (e.g. period pain, irregular cycle), Insomnia, Pain (e.g. arthritis, muscle aches, strains and sprains), Allergies and many more health issues.
It is also useful as a health boost, or as a preventative measure.
Yes, injuries covered by ACC can be treated with acupuncture by a registered treatment provider
You need an ACC claim number from your GP or other health provider.
You do not need to be specifically referred for acupuncture, it is your choice and can continue with other types of treatment (osteopathy, physiotherapy etc)
Yes, Acupuncture is very safe. Some conditions are contraindicated to acupuncture, your practitioner will discuss these with you prior to treatment. Occasionally mild bruising may occur and you may feel drowsy after a treatment.
For the initial consultation and treatment allow 60 minutes. (complicated cases can take longer)
A full history of the problem is taken along wit overall health and lifestyle (diet, sleep, exercise etc.) in order to decide on the best treatment for you.
It may seem like some of the questions are irrelevant but in TCM Acupuncture the focus is on finding out why the problem is happening, so we can treat the cause and the person, not just the symptoms!
Acupuncture and/or other treatments (dry needling, acupressure, moxibustion, cupping) will then be given once the procedures have been explained to you.
For musculoskeletal problems my skills and experience as a massage therapist along with TCM Acupuncture are often combined to bring about the best possible result for you.
Lifestyle advice will also be given to help assist your recovery and maintain your health in the future.
The needles are very fine and so most of the time the patient will feel no pain. Sometimes a numbness, heavy feeling or briefly a strong dull ache is felt. Sensations experienced vary from point to point and patient.
Acupuncture is covered under the following :
Southern Cross - Wellbeing One and Two policies with the additional Body Care Module and Health Essentials plans
Education Benevolent Society which is owned by these Education Unions and only members of, or people employed by these organisations can access EBS benefits.
NZEI – NZ Educational Institute PPTA – Post Primary Teachers Association
TEU – The Tertiary Education Union (was ASTE & AUS) TIASA – Tertiary Institutes Allied Staff Association
ISEA – The Independent Schools Education Association Inc (formerly ISTANZ)
PSA – NZ Public Service Association University and Education Services Groups
To view EBS benefits etc please visit the EBS website – www.ebs.org.nz