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 completed 4 years of education in this ancient tradition and now utilises it in his treatment approach. 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.
People have been using acupuncture for many years. Its first documented applications were found over 2000 years back. Acupuncture can be used to manage a wide range of diseases. It is a well-respected and well-researched body of treatment. There are thousands of scientific papers published in well-known journals about this kind of medical treatment.
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.
The body and its ailments were simply represented from a Traditional Eastern perspective as an imbalance or blockage in the constant energy flow surrounding 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. 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?
Numerous clinical trials have shown that acupuncture can be a good alternative treatment if you experience:
- 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 performs an extensive assessment to determine the suitability of the patient for this treatment. The course of needling may be accompanied by a flexible program and hands-on treatment as necessary. Acupuncture has become increasingly common to be used in conjunction with a physiotherapy treatment regime. A Pinch Of Prevention utilises Acupuncture for chronic and acute pain, musculoskeletal injuries, or sports 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||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 is over 2000 years old.||Treats the affected area only, in a deliberately painful manner, to force 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|
|It is required to have professional indemnity insurance for acupuncture.||Dry needling and acupuncture may not be covered by all practitioners.|