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acupuncture backAcupuncture originates from China and has been practiced there for Centuries. Although there are records of acupuncture being used hundreds of years ago in Europe, it was during the second half of the twentieth century it began to spread rapidly in Western Europe, the United States and now Australia. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through the patient’s skin at specific points on the body – the needles are painlessly inserted to various depths.

Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites–commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. The most common method used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin.

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Along with acupuncture other modalities may be added to your treatment depending on the condition.

For example:

Moxibustion is the burning of herbal leaves made as cones or a stick of Artemisia Vulagaris on various acupuncture points. The application of heat has a therapeutic effect in relieving pain, promoting circulation, digestive problems, coldness in body, diarrhoea/dysentery as well as for debilitating conditions such as weakness and fatigue, and gynaecological problems. A disease that may not be treated by acupuncture may instead be treated by moxibustion.

cuppingCupping is the attachment of glass cups to an acupuncture point or affected area of the body through a vacuum. The suction created by heat helps to stimulate blood circulation and improve the flow of energy. It is useful for conditions such as: muscle injury, arthritis, joint pain, headaches, infection, common colds, bronchial congestion, painful menstruation, hypertension.

Acupressure is gently applying pressure with the fingers on various points along the meridians for 30-60seconds to unblock and strengthen the energy flow along the meridians instead of needles to bring the body into balance and be self-regulation.

Ear Acupuncture is used for treatment of internal and external conditions within the body using specific points on the ear. This method of treatment can be used alone or with other modalities

Tui Na Chinese massage, otherwise known as tui na, is a therapy that dates back two thousand years ago to ancient China. The words ‘tui na’ translate to ‘push grasp’ which describes this style of massage with its assorted techniques including kneading, tapping, rubbing and pressing. The pressure used is suited to the individual patient and can be light on the skin or firm for deep tissue techniques. Pressure is applied to acupuncture points to stimulate them for specific conditions.

Tui Na works by stimulating the immune system by increasing blood flow and lymph drainage, clears muscles of lactic acid, separates fascial fibres to prevent adhesions to reduce inflammation, causes a release of endorphins and serotonin, improving sleep and reducing blood pressure. In addition it increases circulation to improve delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the tissue to improve healing.

Laser Acupuncture can replace the use of needles in patients that are needle phobic.

Common conditions that are treated at the clinic and are known to respond to acupuncture

  • back pain,
  • sciatica,
  • knee pain,
  • frozen shoulder,
  • golf/tennis elbow,
  • plantar fasciitis

Anxiety and stress

Sports Injuries

Digestive problems, such as, abdominal bloating. reflux, IBS

Hay fever

Insomnia

Menopausal Symptoms, such as, hot flushes and night sweats

Nausea, related to chemotherapy, or morning sickness

Psoriasis and Eczema

‘Pain relief without drugs’

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