Acupuncture is one of the oldest systems of medicine in the world and originates from China. It has been in continuous use for over 2000 years and can be useful in treating musculoskeletal conditions and many other health complaints.
The Acupuncturists at Move have spent four years studying a Bachelor in Acupuncture. In addition they have also studied extensively in China and Japan.
Serious side effects from Acupuncture are not common. As a result Acupuncture is quite a safe form of treatment for most people. Treatment involves very fine needles inserted into the skin to stimulate Acuptunture points and the flow of energy. Research into the effects of Acupuncture has shown it to be effective many conditions, for example:
- back pain
- neck pain
- headaches and migraine
- fertility and pregnancy
- sleep disorders
- fatigue and low energy
- pain associated with pregnancy
- anxiety and depression
- stress and tension
- hormonal imbalance
- Move offers both Chinese and Japanese Acupuncture.
Acupuncture was first introduced to Japan in the Sixth century by a physician/monk named Chisu. In Japanese Acupuncture the needles are thinner and the approach is generally gentler.
What happens in a treatment
The therapist will ask questions and do an examination to help decide how best to treat you. Then the therapist will ask you to remove clothes down to your underwear and have you lying down comfortably so that they may use the needles to stimulate the chosen points for treatment. In order to keep you warm and comfortable we will drape you with towels where possible.
The therapist will inset needles with a ‘tap” into the skin to various depths, somewhere from 5 – up to 20 needles. The needles may be ‘manipulated’ or stimulated during your treatment by gentle moving or twisting them. The needles will be left in for a period of time up to 20 minutes (maybe more in certain treatments) while you relax. Finally all needles are all removed at the end of the treatment
Does Acupuncture hurt?
For the vast majority of people the answer is ‘No”. Some people report a slight sensation or ‘prick’ (but not like an injection from a standard needle as these needles are much thinner). Likewise some people report feeling nothing at all just a ‘tap’ from the practitioner. Tingling, heaviness or numbness can be felt but needles can be removed if they become painful or irritating during the treatment. After that removing needles at the end of a session is usually painless.
All of our Acupuncturists at MOVE are Bachelor level trained, registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) In addition all therapists regularly complete and are involved in continuing professional development and education outside of our practice.