Acupuncture is a treatment that is said to stimulate the body's natural healing process. It is also thought to provide natural pain relief that allows your body to function at its best and return to a state of balance.
Acupuncture is a form of medicine that was developed in China thousands of years ago. It involves the gentle insertion of very fine, stainless steel, single use needles into Acupuncture points on the body.
There are at least 350 Acupuncture points that exist on meridians located throughout the body. Meridians are lines of energy in which Qi or life force energy circulates.
The insertion of needles into the Acupuncture points along the body’s meridian system helps to bring the body back into balance and hence helps to alleviate particular symptomology.
A typical Acupuncture session involves in depth questioning and an assessment of where an individual is at physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
The diagnostic process also involves examining the tongue, checking the pulse and palpating the “hara” or abdomen as well as feeling for pressure pain at various acupuncture points. All of these bodily checks provide the Acupuncturist with information and clues as to where the problem lies and therefore the best treatment strategy for a particular presentation.
Needles are then very gently and respectfully inserted into a number of acupuncture points to activate or influence the body’s energy system.
The treatment process is often described as being deeply relaxing and restorative. Many clients will often drift off into a calm and sleepy state.
There are several conditions for which research proves Acupuncture is highly effective.
- Low back pain
- Knee osteoarthritis
- Migraine prevention
- Tension headaches
- Chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting
Acupuncture has been shown to be moderately effective for the following conditions:
- Acute low back pain
- Acute stroke
- Ambulatory anaesthesia
- Aromatase-inhibitor-induced arthralgia (joint pain)
- Asthma in adults
- Back or pelvic pain during pregnancy
- Cancer pain
- Cancer-related fatigue
- Craniotomy anaesthesia
- Depression (with antidepressants
- Dry eye
- Hypertension (high blood pressure) with medication
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Labour pain
- Lateral elbow pain (tennis elbow)
- Menopausal hot flushes
- Modulating sensory perception thresholds
- Neck pain
- Peri-menopausal & post-menopausal insomnia
- Plantar heel pain
- Post-stroke insomnia
- Post-stroke shoulder pain
- Post-stroke spasticity
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Prostatitis pain/chronic pelvic pain syndrome
- Recovery after colorectal cancer resection
- Restless leg syndrome
- Schizophrenia (with antipsychotics)
- Shoulder impingement syndrome (early stage) (with exercise)
- Shoulder pain
- Smoking cessation (up to 3 months)
- Stroke rehabilitation
- Temporomandibular pain (TMJ)
There are many different styles of Acupuncture as well as many varieties of needling techniques. Most patients who attend Michelle Blum Natural Health report minimal to no sensation when needles are inserted. Michelle has post graduate training in Japanese style Acupuncture which is a very gentle, comfortable and deeply relaxing style.
Did you know that all fully trained Acupuncturists must have a 4 year bachelor degree or equivalent and be registered nationally with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) in order to practice Acupuncture ?
AHPRA sets the standard for education and public safety and ensures that all registered Acupuncturists comply with these.
There is often a lot of confusion between dry needling and Acupuncture. In fact Acupuncture IS dry needling. The only difference being that dry needling is an alternate term that is used by practitioners who are NOT degree qualified Acupuncturists and who are NOT registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as Acupuncturists.
These practitioners might include Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Musculo-Skeletal therapists who have merely attended weekend courses on needling.