What You Should Know About Acupuncture

Is Acupuncture painful?

Many people who have never had Acupuncture are worried about it being a painful experience.

They need not worry.

Most people who have acupuncture feel only minor sensations and a lot even fall asleep during the treatment. A slight sting may be felt when the needles go in but pain should not be present at anytime.

Can it help you?

A recent research project called The Acupuncture Evidence Project (2017, McDonald J, Janz S.) has shown that acupuncture can be used effectively in a wide variety of conditions including musculo-skeletal, gynaecological, mental health, gastrointestinal and stress.

They also found it to be of particular use in the following five conditions, allergic rhinitis (chronic and acute), knee osteo arthritis, headaches and chronic lower back pain.

How does it work?

Acupuncture is an ancient healing therapy that involves the use of ultra fine sterile stainless steel needles inserted at very specific acupoints on the body.

Theses points are located on the meridians which the Chinese have always believed carry our “Qi” or lifeforce/energy.

These meridians run deep into our body and connect with all our vital organs therefore the stimulation of them can have a big impact on the flow of energy around our whole body. It is believed that pain and dysfunction in our bodies is due to a blockage of our Qi.

The use of needles at these specifically chosen points helps stimulate the body to re-balance itself, which can assist in treating illness and supporting good health.

Where does it come from?

Acupuncture is probably the best known form of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the others being, Chinese Herbs, Tui Na massage, Chinese Diet Therapy and Qi Gong (exercise therapy). Skilled Acupuncturists may also use other techniques in their treatments, such as cupping ( suction cups on the skin), moxibustion (Chinese heat therapy), a heat lamp or massage.

Due to the holistic nature of Traditional Chinese Medicine an initial consultation with a registered Acupuncturist can be up to or over an hour in length and be very detailed.

A full case history is taken and many questions are asked about past and present health concerns.

Acupuncture became a Nationally Registered Allied Health Profession in 2012, so anyone practicing Acupuncture should be registered with AHPRA. All registered Acupuncturists have a minimum 4 year Bachelor Degree of education. Included in this is 100’s of hours of supervised needling training.

Dry Needling is often confused with Acupuncture. Dry Needling is a needle technique that Registered Acupuncturists are fully qualified to use. There are many needling techniques they can employ and this is just one of them.

We highly recommend seeing a Registered Acupuncturist for any needling treatments.

Where can you get it?

Geraldine Robertson is a Registered Acupuncturist practising at Quay Day Spa.

Geraldine provides comprehensive one to one consultation and acupuncture treatments for babies, the elderly and everyone in between. Private Health Fund rebates are available.

Geraldine's special Interest areas include acupuncture for musculo-skeletal conditions associated with stress, pregnancy related disorders and a acupuncture for kids and their many commonly recurring health issues.

If you would like to find out more about how Acupuncture can help you book an initial consultation with Geraldine on 03 6122 1055

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