What does acupuncture treatment involve?
Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of very fine sterile needles into specific points along the body’s meridians. According to Chinese medicine theory, meridians are the energetic pathways through which our life force (Qi) flows. The treatment regulates the flow of Qi by clearing energetic blocks and stimulating movement through the meridians thereby encouraging the body’s own innate healing processes to activate and return the body to a state of balance.
Does it hurt?
No. Acupuncture treatment is generally painless as the needles are very fine and inserted quickly to avoid any sensation of pain. Most often people report a feeling of relaxation during and after a treatment.
What does it feel like?
People report different experiences of acupuncture. For some there is not much sensation felt. For others it can be more noticeable. The sensation elicited can often feel like a deep, dull, radiating sensation. This is generally mild and often unnoticeable after a few minutes.
Is it safe?
Yes. Acupuncture is a very safe form of treatment when performed by a qualified, licensed practitioner. Single-use, sterile, disposable needles are always used and acupuncture has the added benefit of being free from unwanted side-effects often associated with pharmaceutical medications.
What does it treat?
See the list of conditions treated on the Acupuncture Page.
How can Chinese Herbs help?
Chinese herbs may also be used to supplement the acupuncture treatment when necessary. Chinese herbs are very useful when there is significant deficiency in the body’s vital substances or when there is substantial accumulation of pathogenic influence present.
What other treatments may be used?
Other forms of Chinese medicine treatments may be used as required. These include moxibustion (herbal heat treatment), gua sha (scraping massage tool), tui na (form of Chinese massage), cupping (suction cups). Dietary and lifestyle advice are also an integral part of the treatment.
Tracey also incorporates Reiki into many of her sessions as she finds it a profound and deeply relaxing therapy which complements the energetic rebalancing taking place with acupuncture and massage.
How many sessions will I need?
The course of treatment varies depending on how long-standing a condition is combined with the person’s individual response to the treatment. Generally, for mild or short term conditions a course of less than 6 treatments will be sufficient. For more severe or longstanding conditions a course of 6 to 10+ treatments would commonly be required. Treatments are often spaced closely initially then, as symptoms improve, spaced further apart and tapered off.
How long is each session?
The initial session is 60-75 minutes duration and includes a detailed case history. Follow-up sessions are generally 45-60 minutes long.
Is my injury covered by ACC?
If you have a valid ACC claim (within 12 months from the date of your injury) then yes, ACC will subsidise you treatment. See the Acupuncture Page for more information.