Acupuncture

The power of acupuncture is amazing

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves the gentle insertion and manipulation of very fine needles into these specific acupuncture points around the body.

The aim of acupuncture is to engage and encourage the flow of Qi (energy and oxygen) throughout the meridians in order to unblock obstructions and revitalise the channels as well as nourish and restore the function of internal organs.

Needles are retained for between 15-30 minutes and may cause you to feel some slight sensations such as dullness, heaviness or a sense of something ‘moving’ in the channels. This is completely normal and a sign of the acupuncture having an effect in the muscles or with the nervous system.

What do acupuncturists treat?

Acupuncture is a fantastic tool to help manage pain or chronic illnesses. There are a range of health issues and problems that can be helped by acupuncture:

Pain & injuries

Acupuncture is amazing for pain relief and is a fantastic way to release any muscular aches and pains. It helps to release tight muscles, melt trigger points and increase your levels of endorphins to switch off the pain centres in the brain. If you’ve had an injury it is also a great addition to your rehabilitation routine. By starting treatment of an injury early, acupuncture can help to reduce the likelihood of an acute injury becoming chronic and reduce the amount of time that an injury takes to heal.

Aches & pains – lower back pain, hip pain, pelvic pain, pubic symphisitis

Back pain and injuries are something that nearly everyone will experience at some point in their life. These pains can be caused by multiple factors and are often debilitating and slow to resolve. Studies have shown that acupuncture can be helpful in the treatment of bodily and back pain – both in decreasing the severity of discomfort and helping the injury to resolve quickly. This is because acupuncture and chinese medicine seek to get to the root of the issue, allowing your therapist to provide immediate pain-relief as well as a long-term treatment solution.

Aches & pains – arthritis, inflammatory joint pain & body pain

If you’ve ever experienced arthritis, inflammation or any kind of inflammatory pain condition, you’ll know how hard it can be. Did you know that acupuncture can help to switch off the pain centres in the brain and also decrease inflammation? This makes it a fantastic treatment method for inflammatory conditions such as arthritis (osteo or rheumatoid) or body pain that continues to niggle.

Insomnia & sleeping difficulties

One of the first side effects of acupuncture is an increase in the quality of sleep. If you’ve ever had trouble with insomnia or difficulty with sleep your acupuncturist can target this and help your body to regulate your sleep/wake cycles. Acupuncture works on the nervous system to help your body sink more easily into sleep and also helps it to repair more effectively whilst you’re sleeping. Basically, no matter what you’re being treated for, acupuncture can help you sleep better at night.

Digestive issues – diarrhoea/constipation, Gord/reflux & heartburn & IVF & diverticulitis

Did you know that acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help to stabilise an iffy tummy? Regardless of your digestive troubles (whether it be IBS, Gord, Crohn’s or leaky gut), our experienced acupuncturist can prepare a treatment plan to promote your digestive health and get you back on track.

Fertility

Chinese medicine is a fantastic treatment for fertility or hormonal issues. If you’re thinking about beginning a family or extending the one you have, acupuncture (often combined with herbs) is a great way to increase your fertility. If you’re using IVF, Chinese medicine has been shown to boost the effectiveness of your western medicine treatments by up to 60%.

Morning sickness & nausea

Pregnancy is an exciting time and acupuncture and Chinese medicine is available to support you every step of the way. In the first trimester of pregnancy your acupuncturist can help focus on mitigating the early signs such as fatigue/exhaustion, nausea and morning sickness. Treatments also focus on nourishing mum and bub as well as supporting the rapid growth of the baby, uterus and lining. If you need some early-pregnancy support get in touch with our experienced acupuncturists.

Turning breech babies

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are effective treatment methods for turning breech babies in the weeks leading up to labour. Acupuncture, massage and moxa (heated herb therapy) can be applied to help turn your baby.

Labour induction

Pregnancy is an exciting time and acupuncture and Chinese medicine is available to support you every step of the way. If you’re in your third trimester acupuncture can help to prepare your body for labour from 36 weeks, before then starting labour inductions in week 39-40. Labour inductions using acupuncture start to stimulate uterine contractions and help the cervix to soften. This means that acupuncture doesn’t force labour to start but does prepare your body so that it’s in the best shape for labour.

Post-birth care

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine preserve the Asian tradition of supporting mothers in the first month after delivering a child. This postpartum period is important and an acupuncturist is there to provide support for both the mother’s mental and physical recovery. Your experienced acupuncturist will work to improve your sleep, your energy levels as well as to make sure you have adequate milk supply. Acupuncture can also offer solutions to post-natal issues such as abdominal cramping, hairless, constipation, anxiety or depression and issues with urination.

Stress, anxiety & depression

If you’ve been feeling stressed or under the pump, acupuncture can help you to regain a sense of internal balance and calm. Acupuncture helps to down-regulate your sympathetic nervous system – what this means is that it calms you right down. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have recently been found to be effective in helping to boost your mood if you’ve been experiencing depression, anxiety or simply a case of the blues. Our experienced acupuncturist can help you to find a new sense of peace and calm.

Immune issues – recurrent illnesses & allergies

Anyone who has experienced allergies, asthma and sinus problems knows how tricky they are to treat long-term. Acupuncture can give you quick relief (and the ability to breathe) while herbal treatments can give you long-term help.

Autoimmune conditions

Autoimmune conditions are both painful and tricky to live with long-term. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine work with both the endocrine (glands) and nervous (nerve pathways) systems of the body. This helps to calm the inflammation and cell damage caused by autoimmune conditions. Chinese medicine is also very helpful for treating the associated symptoms of autoimmune diseases such as insomnia, impaired digestion, headaches and hair loss. If you’re experiencing autoimmune disease get in touch with our experienced acupuncturist.

Skin conditions – urticaria/hives, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea

If you’ve been contemplating cosmetic surgery, cosmetic acupuncture is a simple, pain free and effective way to boost the collagen and elastin in your skin, minimise fine lines and generally give your skin a ‘lift’. It also helps to minimise rosacea, acne, eczema and psoriasis!

Headaches & migraines

Headaches and migraines can be caused by a range of different issues such as poor posture, stress and previous injuries – the list is endless! Acupuncture and Chinese medicine seek to get to the root of the issue to not only relieve pain quickly but also prevent it from occurring again.

Post-surgical rehabilitation

Surgery and medical procedures can be hard on the body and difficult to recover from. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are excellent treatments to help restore the body after surgery and can help with pain relief, decreasing the need for analgesic medications as well as helping with other side effects.

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What to expect on your first visit

After a few questions your acupuncturist will take your pulse. They may palpate your abdomen and various other points and channels on your body. Then a quick glance at your tongue before the treatment begins.

You will feel some sensations of heaviness, dullness, tingling or a sensation of things ‘moving’ in the channels once the needles are inserted. Mostly people feel a deep sense of relaxation during an Acupuncture treatment and often have a bit of a nap!

Health Insurance Rebates

The clinic has the HICAPS system installed allowing you to claim your rebate instantly if your insurance policy covers acupuncture. For more info and to check if your fund is covered you can check out their website: www.hicaps.com.au

Living with a chronic ailment?

Acupuncture may help