What is Acupuncture treatment?
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 is a practise that has been used for a long time. The first recorded cases of it being used were documented 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 treatment work?
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. 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 is able to benefit from Acupuncture?
In clinical trials, acupuncture has shown to ease the condition of patients with the following illnesses:
- 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 – part of your physiotherapy treatment?
The Pinch of Prevention conducts a thorough evaluation to determine if the patient is suitable for the treatment. A course of needling is sometimes complemented by a flexibility program, as well as hands-on treatment, as required. 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. It reviews pieces of data that supports acupuncture’s efficacy.
What is the distinction between acupuncture & 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.||Focuses only on treating the area affected in a painful manner by beating the muscle to submission or forcing the it into release.|
|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.||Acupuncture or dry needling treatments may not be covered by some practitioners.|