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 spent 4 years studying this ancient tradition and has been able to use it with great success in his treatments. 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 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 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.
Traditional Eastern philosophy describes the body and its sickness as an interruption or blockage to the energy flow that circulates through our 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 is able to 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 – 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 is becoming more common for Acupuncture to be used alongside with a physical therapy treatment regimen. 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 is a review of the data that backs up the information regarding acupuncture, and it was published in 2017.
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 over 2000 years old.||The only treatment is to the area in question and it works by beating the muscle into submission.|
|Required 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.||Some practitioners may not be covered for acupuncture or dry needling|