A Pinch of Prevention offer acupuncture to residents throughout Brisbane including Norman Park.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is perhaps the most famous aspect of Traditional Eastern Medicine, and it forms an important part of our treatment methodology here at A Pinch of Prevention. Peter undertook 4 years of formalised study of this ancient tradition, and he uses it with great success in his treatment programs. Unlike dry needling, the discipline of Acupuncture involves the gentle application of very fine needles into specific areas, or ‘point locations’ on the body, with the intention of bringing about positive change to the area or system being treated.
Acupuncture has been used by humans for millenia, and the first documented cases of its applications have been noted over 2000 years ago. Acupuncture is startingly effective in the management of many wide and varied disease states and it is a highly respected and well researched treatment modality, supported by thousands of scientific papers, published in highly respected scientific journals.
How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is an intriguing combination of art and science and despite the endless work of the brainiest and greatest minds in modern research working on it, a comprehensive explanation in Western Terms as to exactly how it works is still, infuriatingly and gloriously, unavailable.
From a Traditional Eastern perspective, the body and its diseases were very elegantly described as an imbalance or blockage in the continuous flow of energy that circumnavigates our corporeal body. Acupuncture was utilised with great effect, as a gentle method to mechanically clear or stimulate these sluggish points of activity, in very precisely located points on the body where the energy flowed closest to the surface. Manipulation of these points allowed the energy to move more easily again, bringing a new lease of life back to the area or affected system, thus encouraging the diseased area or system to heal and regain its normal function.
Who can benefit from acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been shown in various clinical trials that it may be effective in the treatment of:
- Pain-acute and chronic
- Low-back pain
- Neck pain
- Knee pain
- Muscle and Tendon Sprains & Strains
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfer’s Elbow
- Rheumatoid Athritis
- Headaches & Migraines
- Facial Pain
- Allergic rhinitis
- High and low blood pressure
- Painful periods
- Premenstrual Tension/Syndrome
- Fertility Issues affecting both Men & Women
- Peri-menopausal symptoms—e.g. hot flushes
- Bell’s Palsy
- Post-operative convalescence
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Acupuncture – part of your physiotherapy treatment?
A Pinch of Prevention uses a thorough assessment to determine whether the patient is suitable for this treatment and a course of needling is often complimented with a flexibility program and hands on treatment as appropriate. Acupuncture has become increasingly common to be used in conjunction with a physiotherapy treatment regime. Our team at A Pinch of Prevention uses Acupuncture as an evidence-based form of treatment for acute and chronic pain, musculoskeletal injuries or sports injuries.
Where’s the Evidence?
The Acupuncture Evidence Project was published in 2017, It is a review of the evidence supporting the efficacy of acupuncture.
What is the difference between acupuncture and dry needling?
|Acupuncturist – Chinese Medicine||Dry Needling|
|Minimum 4 Year Bachelor Degree||48 -72 hour course|
|Chinese Medicine Board Australian (CMBA) Registered practitioners||No Registration required-therefore minimum competence standards may or may not be applied.|
|Practices Holistically – Treats the area affected as well as the wider system that governs that area. Based on a system that is over 2000 years old.||Treats the affected area only, in a deliberately painful manner, with the intention of forcing the muscle to release… By beating it into submission.|
|Mandatory continuing professional development for registration||No continuing professional development required.|
|Strict infection control standards||Unknown standards|
|Professional indemnity insurance for acupuncture is mandatory||Some practitioners may not be covered for acupuncture or dry needling|