What is Acupuncture?
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 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.
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 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.
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 can benefit most 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
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. Acupuncture has become increasingly common to be used in conjunction with a physiotherapy treatment regime. 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. It reviews pieces of data that supports acupuncture’s efficacy.
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.|
|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|
|Acupuncture professionals need to have mandatory professional indemnity insurance.||Dry needling and acupuncture may not be covered by all practitioners.|