Acupuncture: What is it?
Acupuncture is the most prominent aspect of Traditional Eastern Medicine. This treatment is currently offered 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. Acupuncture, unlike dry needling, involves the gentle application of fine needles to specific areas of the body. This is done to bring positive change to the system or area 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 used to manage many different diseases. It is a well-respected treatment modality that is supported by thousands of scientific papers in respected scientific journals.
How does acupuncture treatment work?
Acupuncture is a fascinating combination of science and art. Despite the tireless work of the best minds in modern research, there’s still no detailed explanation available in Western Terms of how it works.
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. As a gentle way to stimulate or mechanically clear these slow points of activity, acupuncture played a significant role to make this possible. It was applied to precisely placed points on the body that had the most energy. The energy could move more easily, which allowed for a fresh lease of life to the affected area. This encouraged the body to recover itself and restore its normal functions.
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Who can benefit from acupuncture?
Clinical trials have shown that Acupuncture alleviates:
- 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: How does it affect your physiotherapy treatment?
A Pinch Of Prevention offers a comprehensive assessment that determines whether a patient is suitable to receive this treatment. A course in needling is often complemented with a flexible program and hands-on treatment, as necessary. It is becoming more common for Acupuncture to be used alongside with a physical therapy treatment regimen. Our team at A Pinch Of Prevention uses Acupuncture in its evidence-based treatment of acute and chronic pain, sports injuries, and musculoskeletal injuries.
What is the Acupuncture Evidence Project?
The Acupuncture Evidence Project was published in 2017 and reviews all evidence to support acupuncture.
Acupuncture vs. Dry Needling: The Difference
|Acupuncturist – Chinese Medicine||Dry Needling|
|Minimum 4 Year Bachelor Degree||Course takes 48 to 72 hours|
|Chinese Medicine Board Australian (CMBA) Registered practitioners||No Registration required-therefore minimum competence standards may or may not be applied.|
|A holistic treatment – This treatment ensures that the affected area and the entire system are given the same attention. Based on a system that dates back over 2000 years ago.||The only treatment is to the area in question and it works by beating the muscle into submission.|
|Mandatory continuing professional education for registration||No continuing professional development required.|
|Strict infection control standards||Unknown standards|
|Acupuncture professionals need to have mandatory professional indemnity insurance.||Some practitioners may not be covered for acupuncture or dry needling|