Acupuncture involves the treatment of physical and emotional disease by influencing points on meridians, or “lines of energy”, which interconnect across the body surface.
Yin and Yang are the underlying principles of Chinese philosophy and medicine. Good health comes from a balance of Yin (negative, dark, and feminine) and Yang (positive, bright, and masculine).
What is Traditional Chinese Acupuncture? In Brisbane.
Acupuncture in Brisbane is an important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, along with Chinese herbal medicine, Tui Na (orthopaedic massage) and Qi Gong (meditation, exercise & energetic healing techniques). With a history of almost 5000 years it is still used extensively today to treat millions of people around the world. Acupuncture affects the physiological functioning of the body by the insertion of fine needles into specific points around the body. Because it is a primary health-care system in itself, acupuncture can be used to treat most health problems, ranging from colds and flus to neck and back problems to insomnia, nerve pain, chronic fatigue and emotional conditions. Treatment for nerve pain and muscle pain may also be achieved through a different type of acupuncture called Dry Needling.
How does Acupuncture in Brisbane work?
In traditional Chinese medicine theory, acupuncture regulates the flow of Qi (pronounced chee). It is a type of unseen energy or a electro-magnetic force travelling in a system of channels or meridians which connect acupuncture points to tissues and organs.
Qi takes on many forms in the body, and is the force that warms us, digests our food, moves our limbs and basically keeps us alive. When the Qi, blood, fluids or spirit are somehow affected, the result is pain, discomfort, disease or emotional disturbances. Acupuncture can affect the flow of Qi in the channels and organs, thereby affecting hormones, nerves and muscles, immunity, circulation and so on.
What problems can be treated with Bodywise Acupuncture in Brisbane?
Most people think that acupuncture is only good for treatment of pain. Many conditions respond well to acupuncture and it can also be used for health enhancement, to assist in sports performance, addiction withdrawal, and to improve your sense of well-being and vitality.
The World Health Organisation has deemed acupuncture a useful form of primary-care medicine for the following types of conditions:
Ear, nose & throat disorders: common cold, sinusitis, tonsillitis, hay fever, rhinitis and tooth pain.
Respiratory Disorders: Acute bronchitis and bronchial asthma.
Gastro-intestinal Disorders: Gastritis, indigestion duodenal ulcer, hiccoughs, colitis, constipation and diarrhoea.
Eye Disorders: Acute conjunctivitis, central retinitis, juvenile myopia and mild cataract.
Neurological & Musculo-skeletal: Trigeminal neuralgia, headache and migraines, facial palsy, shingles, peripheral neuritis, post-stroke syndromes, Meniere’s disease, neuralgia, bladder dysfunction, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, sciatica, arthritis treatment, lower back pain, nerve pain and osteoarthritis.
In addition to this list, other problems commonly treated include menstrual, menopausal and pregnancy related problems, stress and depression, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, sports injuries, aching muscles and help with nicotine and other drug withdrawal.
Does it hurt?
This depends on a number of factors, such as the sensitivity of the person and the skill of the practitioner. The needles used in the clinic are very fine and are inserted using special insertion tubes, this combination reduces any sensation to a minimum, most patients are unaware of the needles at all.
Do Bodywise Acupuncture in Brisbane Practitioners only use needles?
Acupuncturists use a variety of other techniques in the clinic besides needles. These include moxibustion, electro-stimulation, cupping, massage and Chinese herbs. Herbs may be needed in conjunction with a course of acupuncture to enhance the treatment. The formula will be specifically tailored for your condition, using powered herbal formulae making them much easier to take.
Are the needles sterile?
The practitioners at the clinic use pre-sterilised single-use disposable acupuncture needles of the finest quality.
What can I expect from Bodywise Acupuncture in Brisbane treatment?
After treatment, you will usually feel a sense of general well-being and relaxation. Although individual responses vary, most people experience an improvement in sleep, digestion and energy levels. Some people experience a mild exacerbation of symptoms after the first treatment, but this does subside and will be followed by an improvement in the condition over subsequent treatments.
What can I do to assist my Acupuncture in Brisbane treatment?
Wear loose fitting clothing for the acupuncture treatment session and do not eat a heavy meal or consume alcohol before or after a treatment. After treatment, it is best to avoid vigorous exercise.
In general, a lifestyle, which includes a nutritious balanced diet, regular exercise, and adequate rest and relaxation, are essential ingredients for maintaining health.
How many treatments will I need?
The number and frequency of treatments depends on how severe and long-standing the condition is, and how well each patient responds to therapy. A course of treatments will generally provide long lasting relief for most chronic ailments. However, some acute problems may only require a single treatment, and some degenerative problems may need on going treatments. You will be given some idea of how you should respond in your initial consultation, and certainly experience an improvement in your first few treatments.
Are there side-effects?
Because acupuncture regulates dysfunction, there are seldom any side effects from treatment. In a few cases some symptoms may seem worse for a day or so before they improve, this is a positive sign. Usually most people feel very relaxed after a treatment with a sense of well being that may last for days. In other cases seemingly unrelated symptoms may disappear without direct treatment.
Is Acupuncture suitable for children or the elderly?
Yes, age is not a barrier to treatment. Children respond very well to acupuncture and can be treated from day one on. It is very effective for all childhood problems including colic, eczema, reflux bedwetting etc.
Can I have Acupuncture during Pregnancy?
Acupuncture is very effective in pregnancy to relieve complications such as morning sickness, indigestion, fatigue, abnormal bleeding and so on. It is often used to assist in turning breech presentation and during delivery of the baby, and for post-partum recovery. However, it is important that you tell your acupuncturist if you are or may be pregnant.
What is Dry Needling Acupuncture?
Dry Needling Acupuncture is used for the treatment of muscle pain, nerve pain and neck pain, back pain and other various treatment for pain in muscles and nerves. At Bodywise Osteopathy, Dry Needling Acupuncture may, depending on your suitability, be included as part of the Osteopathic treatment session, by osteopaths who have undergone the further required training in this specialist field.
How does Dy Needling work?
The Dry Needling Acupuncture approach is based on Western anatomical and nerve pain principles and is not to be confused with Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, which uses a system of Meridians when treating the patient, however many people may understandably struggle to see the difference given that both disciplines use the same type of Acupuncture Needle.
In practice, Dry Needling Acupuncture involves introducing fine, sterile acupuncture needles into “trigger points” of muscles. A trigger point is defined as a tight, irritable and painful spot within a muscle and most of us have them. You may have at some time squeezed the trapezius muscle on a friend’s shoulder and noticed their wincing in pain because it was so tender? This is a Trigger Point.
Trigger points can cause referred pain or headaches, referred tenderness, poor muscle and nerve function and “autonomic” responses such as temperature and skin changes over the site of the problem. Trigger points are commonly seen in both acute and long term pain conditions.
Dry Needling Acupuncture alleviates the symptoms of trigger points quickly and effectively by eliciting a twitch response. You may feel the twitch response as an odd cramp like sensation which then re-sets the chemical imbalance between the muscles and nerves to cause an instant decrease in muscle tension. It also works by targeting an immune response to the area of the trigger-point- hence it is often said that the needle is a signpost directing your immune system to areas of your body that need treatment for pain and healing.
Dry Needling Acupuncture is commonly used for the treatment of:
- neck pain
- back pain
- headaches and migraines
- muscular tightness
- chronic pain syndrome
- sporting injuries
- compartment tightness and shin splints
- hamstring and lower back problems
- nerve pain