Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are very fine, about the thickness of a few strands of hair. You may feel a slight sting or scratch as the needle is inserted but generally much less than having an injection at the G.P's
What can acupuncture help with?
Acupuncture has been practiced for over 2000 years & has many and varied uses. Common Western uses are mostly for pain relief such as;
- Back pain, etc
Traditional uses go much deeper into the body's own systems to build deficiencies, move stagnation, calm the Yang or build the Yin.
Who can have acupuncture?
EVERYONE, is the short answer. I personally have treated an 87yo woman & a 7yo boy so age is no barrier. An experienced acupuncturist knows what "strength" & "time" needles should be applied to each individual client they treat.
Will I bleed?
When the skin is broken there is always a chance of bleeding. Acupuncture needles are very fine, about the thickness of a few strands of hair, so there is only a very sight chance of bleeding. Even then it may only be a drop. If this does occur, an experienced acupuncturist knows how to deal with it.
How long is a session?
An initial acupuncture visit will include taking a comprehensive medical/family history. This will include questions on, but not only, general health, family history, diet, sleep patterns, current signs & symptoms etc. plus tongue & pulse diagnosis. Only once this is done can an accurate diagnosis & treatment be administered.
This process can take up to 75/80 minutes. Then follow up appointments will review the last treatment & generally take up to 45 minutes.
Does cupping hurt?
Despite Cupping looking quite horrific & painful, it is surprisingly relaxing. Cups are applied & by their action, create a circular mark. I do not call these "markings" a bruise, as that seems to indicate an impact or injury. These localised markings increase new blood flow into the area to take away the "stagnant" blood made by the cups, therefore aiding in blood circulation.
Can anyone practice acupuncture?
In Australia to be called an "Acupuncturist" you must be registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia. In July 2012 Australia introduced this regulation to protect both clients & practitioners. CMBA is overseen by AHPRA, the same board that regulates Dentists, Chiropractors, Pyhsios, Midwives, etc. To be recognised by AHPRA & CMBA a "registered acupuncturist" must provide evidence of their qualification, bachelor degree or higher, which contains Western & TCM approaches to diseases & complaints. Practitioners who are not registered can not call themselves an acupuncturist but are allowed to do "dry needling"
What is the difference between acupuncture & dry needling
The short answer is TIME.
A registered acupuncturist has completed university training for a minimum 4 years full-time to gain a degree in Chinese Medicine. In that time frame there are certain modules dedicated to certain conditions/problems. Study of Chinese case histories, Western medical diagnostics, TCM theory, point location, needle depth, needle manipulation techniques & clinical practice plus much more.
Dry needling courses can be done over a weekend, learning how to insert a needle, how to locate certain points relating to certain conditions etc.
What happens if I am unable to make my appointment?
Depending on circumstances, there may be a "non attendance fee" charged. Generally only applied to repeat offenders at the owners discretion.