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. They have also studied extensively in China and Japan.
Acupuncture is considered a very safe therapy as serious side effects are extremely rare. Treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into the skin.Research into the effects of Acupuncture has shown it to be effective many conditions, including:
- 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 introduced to Japan in the Sixth century by a physician/monk named Chisu. In the intervening centuries, it was modified and refined into the Japanese style. 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. Once a treatment is decided upon 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. You will usually be draped with towels where possible to keep you warm and comfortable. There are acupuncture points all over your body and sometimes the points to be used are no necessarily close to the site of your pain
The therapist will inset needles with a ‘tap” into the skin to various depths. Usually somewhere from 5 – up to 20 points will be chosen. After the needles are inserted the therapist may ‘manipulate’ or stimulate the needle during the treatment by gentle moving or twisting them. The needles are usually left in for a period of time up to 20 minutes (maybe more in certain treatments) while you relax. All needles are 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). Some people report feeling nothing at all just a tap from the practitioner. Once needles are left in for a while to work during treatment some people report a tingling, heaviness or numbness. Sometimes this is expected but needles can be removed if they become painful or irritating during the treatment. 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) and in compliance with their national registration, all regularly complete and are involved in continuing professional development and education outside of our practice.