Acupuncture New Farm
What is Acupuncture?
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 undertook 4 years of formalised study of this ancient tradition, and he uses it with great success in his treatment programs. 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 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.
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. Acupuncture was utilised as a gentle method to mechanically clear or stimulate these sluggish points of activity. This done by locating precisely the points on the body where the energy flowed closest to the surface. 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 most 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. 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 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 practise – This includes treating the affected area as well as the larger system that governs it. Based on a 2000 year old system.||The only treatment is to the area in question and it works by beating the muscle 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.||Some practitioners may not be covered for acupuncture or dry needling|