Acupuncture stimulates the release of pain relieving endorphins and influences the release of substances that transmit nerve impulses to the brain. In this way it can affect the autonomic nervous system (the nervous system that controls our non-voluntary functions e.g. organ functions). In TCM theory, the aim is to address any imbalance within the body (be it a blockage, accumulation of toxins or an ineffective or sluggish organ) in order to restore health and harmony to your body and mind.
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Acupuncture is part of a wonderful system (Traditional Chinese Medicine) that has been developed and refined over thousands of years.
Acupuncture 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, 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.
The initial consultation and treatment can take up to 90 minutes. To determine the cause of the problem I will take a history of your problem as well as overall health and lifestyle (diet, sleep, exercise etc.) in order to decide on the pattern(s) of imbalance before selecting 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 (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 allow me to treat effectively and efficiently 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.
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. You can come for acupuncture treatment whilst continuing with other types of treatment (physiotherapy, chiropractic, osteopathy etc.).