Acupuncture: What is it?
Acupuncture is the most well-known aspect of Traditional Eastern Medicine. It forms an integral part of our treatment method here at A Pinch of Prevention. Peter studied this ancient tradition for 4 years and uses it with great success in his field now. 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.
Humans have used acupuncture for millenia. The first documented cases of its use were reported 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: How does it 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. This gentle technique used acupuncture to mechanically clear and stimulate the slow energy flow at the points closest to the body. 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?
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. Acupuncture has become increasingly common to be used in conjunction with a physiotherapy treatment regime. 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.
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||Minimum competence standards are observed as registration is not required.|
|Practises Holistically – Treats the area affected as well as the wider system that governs that area. Based on a system 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.||For dry needling or acupuncture, some practitioners might not be covered|