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Acupuncture involves gently inserting very fine, single-use, sterile needles into points on the body. Where the needles are inserted depends on your Chinese Medicine diagnosis. Acupuncture needles are not always inserted in the spot where you are experiencing pain.
How does it work?
Acupuncture is used to bring the body back into balance. It can help:
- regulate organ function
- rebalance hormones
- reduce stress and inflammation
- improve circulation
- stimulate the body’s natural healing response
How often should I have acupuncture?
How often to have acupuncture depends on what issue is being treated. If you have an acute condition (low back or neck pain and so on ), you may see significant improvement in a couple of treatments. Chronic or complex issues may need months of treatment to get to the root of the issue.
You can also use acupuncture as a preventative medicine; monthly visits can keep your body in balance and prevent health issues.
What happens at an acupuncture treatment session?
Most people find acupuncture treatment very relaxing and rest, sleep or meditate as the acupuncture takes effect. The needles are inserted and then left in for 10-30 minutes depending on the style of acupuncture and condition being treated.
In babies and young children, minimal points are selected and the needles are either left in for only a couple of minutes or not at all.
Most people look forward to being on the acupuncture table and find it calming and painless. If you are nervous, let Rachael know; the treatment can be adapted to make you comfortable.
Acupuncture can be used to treat health issues like:
– women’s health issues like period pain, endometriosis and menopause
– natural fertility support for males and females
– aches and pains such as back, neck, shoulder, knee and elbow issues
– lifestyle advice to help motivate you to make positive changes
– digestive issues
– stress and anxiety
– mood and sleep problems
– skin problems
– headaches and migraines
– general health and wellbeing
What is dry needling?
Dry needling techniques help release tight muscles and relieve pain. It is typically a much stronger acupuncture style that can cause a strong muscle twitch response which aims to reduce muscle pain and tension.
Dry needling is not suitable for all types of health issues. It is best suited to musculoskeletal pain associated from overuse injuries, sports injuries, muscle spasms, chronic pain and rehabilitation.
Dry needling is often used by health professionals such as Chiropractors, Physiotherapists and Osteopaths. Practitioners using dry needling can have as little as one day of training, so it’s important to establish how much training and experience your therapist has in needling. All registered Acupuncturists in Australia are required to have completed a 4 year bachelor degree or equivalent in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
You should take it easy after a dry needling treatment, stay hydrated and try an epsom salt bath. You may have some tenderness around your acupuncture points which usually subsides within 24 hours.