Acupuncture: What is it?
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 spent 4 years studying this ancient tradition and has been able to use it with great success in his treatments. 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 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.
How does acupuncture treatment work?
Acupuncture is a brilliant combination of science and art. However, despite all the work of the most amazing minds in modern research on the subject, there is still no comprehensive explanation in Western Terms about how it works.
Traditional Eastern philosophy describes the body and its sickness as an interruption or blockage to the energy flow that circulates through our 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. These points were manipulated to allow the energy to flow more easily and bring a new lease on life to the area or affected systems. This encourages the area to recover and return to its normal state.
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Who can benefit from acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been shown in various clinical trials to improve patien’s condition especially those suffering from:
- 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 is becoming more common for Acupuncture to be used alongside with a physical therapy treatment regimen. A Pinch of Prevention employs Acupuncture to treat acute and chronic pain, a musculoskeletal injury or sports injuries.
What is the Acupuncture Evidence Project?
The Acupuncture Evidence Project was published in 2017 and reviews all evidence to support acupuncture.
What is the difference between acupuncture and dry needling?
|Acupuncturist – Chinese Medicine||Dry Needling|
|Minimum 4 Year Bachelor Degree||Course takes 48 to 72 hours|
|Chinese Medicine Board Australian (CMBA) Registered practitioners||Minimum competence standards are observed as registration is not required.|
|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.||Only treats the affected area with a purposeful, painful approach.|
|Mandatory continuing professional development 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|