What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture may be the most popular aspect of Traditional Eastern Medicine. This method is being practised here at A Pinch of Prevention Peter spent 4 years studying this ancient tradition and has been able to use it with great success in his treatments. Acupuncture is not like dry needling. It involves gentle needle application into specific areas or “point locations” on the body with the intent of bringing about positive changes to the affected area or system.
Humans have used acupuncture for millenia. The first documented cases of its use were reported over 2000 years ago. Acupuncture is startingly acceptable 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.
Acupuncture – What does it do?
Acupuncture, an interesting combination of science, art, and medicine, still lacks concrete detail on how it works in Western medicine Terms.
Traditional Eastern philosophy describes the body and its sickness as an interruption or blockage to the energy flow that circulates through our body. This gentle technique used acupuncture to mechanically clear and stimulate the slow energy flow at the points closest to the body. Manipulation of these points allowed energy to circulate again, giving a new lease of life to the affected area. It also encouraged the system or area to heal and regain normal function.
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Who is able to 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
Is 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. It has become more popular to combine Acupuncture with the physiotherapy treatment. 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 is a review of the data that backs up the information regarding acupuncture, and it was published in 2017.
Acupuncture vs. Dry Needling: The Difference
|Acupuncturist – Chinese Medicine||Dry Needling|
|Minimum 4 Year Bachelor Degree||48 -72 hour course|
|Chinese Medicine Board Australian (CMBA) Registered practitioners||There is no registration required. Therefore, minimum eligibility standards can or may not apply.|
|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.||Treats the affected area only, in a deliberately painful manner, to force the muscle to release… By beating it into submission.|
|Mandatory continuing professional education for registration||No continuing professional development required.|
|Strict infection control standards||Unknown standards|
|Professional indemnity insurance for acupuncture is mandatory||For dry needling or acupuncture, some practitioners might not be covered|