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 undertook 4 years of formalised study of this ancient tradition, and he uses it with great success in his treatment programs. 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.
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 one of the many medical treatment options for managing a variety of disease conditions. This modality is highly recognised and well researched.
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. 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 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
Is Acupuncture part of your physiotherapy treatment?
A Pinch of Prevention uses a thorough assessment to determine whether the patient is suitable for this treatment and a course of needling is often complimented with a flexibility program and hands-on treatment as appropriate. 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 was published in 2017 and reviews all evidence to support acupuncture.
What is the difference between acupuncture and dry needling?
|Acupuncturist – Chinese Medicine||Dry Needling|
|Minimum 4 Year Bachelor Degree||Course takes 48 to 72 hours|
|Chinese Medicine Board Australian (CMBA) Registered practitioners||Minimum competence standards are observed as registration is not required.|
|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.||The only treatment is to the area in question and it works by beating the muscle into submission.|
|Mandatory continuing professional development for registration||No continuing professional development required.|
|Strict infection control standards||Unknown standards|
|Professional indemnity insurance for acupuncture is mandatory||For dry needling or acupuncture, some practitioners might not be covered|