What is Acupuncture treatment?
Acupuncture is the most prominent aspect of Traditional Eastern Medicine. This treatment is currently offered here at A Pinch of Prevention. Peter studied this ancient tradition for 4 years and uses it with great success in his field now. Unlike dry needling, the discipline of Acupuncture involves the gentle application of very fine needles into specific areas, or ‘point locations’ on the body, to bring about positive change to the area or system being treated.
People have been using acupuncture for many years. Its first documented applications were found over 2000 years back. 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.
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. Manipulation of these points allowed the energy to move more easily again, bringing a new lease of life back to the area or affected system, thus encouraging the diseased area or system to recover and regain its normal function.
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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
Is Acupuncture part of 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. 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 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 education for registration||No continuing professional development required.|
|Very strict infection control standards||Unknown standards|
|Professional indemnity insurance for acupuncture is mandatory||Some practitioners may not be covered for acupuncture or dry needling|