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The use of fine needles to bring the systems and functions of your body back into balance

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles through a patient’s skin at specific acupuncture points around the body. These acupuncture points are then stimulated to illicit a specific therapeutic response to help alleviate imbalances within the body natural function. By helping bring the body back into balance when in a state disease or disharmony, your own body’s powerful ability to heal itself is bought into play bringing you back into a state of health.

What happens in an Acupuncture Session?

After the Acupuncturist has diagnosed your condition and looked at the root cause of the problem, appropriate acupuncture points are chosen for you treatment. Very fine sterile single use needles are then used to stimulate the acupuncture points to achieve the desired therapeutic effect.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

You generally feel a tap or light pinch as the needle is introduced to the body. This only lasts for a millisecond and once through the skin you don’t feel much at all. You may feel a little prick if the needle cones in contact with the outer wall of a blood vessel but this are only brief and the acupuncturist will redirect the needle or the blood vessel will be pushed out of the way. Once the Acupuncture Point is reached the Acupuncturist will use the needle to stimulate and activate the point at which time you will feel a dull radiating sensation.

Where does Acupuncture come from?

The medical system of acupuncture has a history dating back almost 5,000 years in China. Although other traditional cultures may have employed something similar, China has refined and developed the system over thousands of years to what it is today. It came about as a by-product of hundreds of years of medical practitioners’ observations and refinements of understanding the human system, its physical structure, its functional abilities, and the links between emotional activity, aspirations, thought, and the larger environment.

What is an Acupuncture point?

These are points on the body that, if stimulated correctly, can produce certain therapeutic affects and actions throughout the body. Acupuncture points used in a treatment may or may not be in the same area of the body as the targeted symptom. These points have been grouped and categorised according the meridian they are located on and according to their therapeutic effects and actions. Modern research has verified these therapeutic effects within certain conditions leading to their recognised by the World Health Organisation.

What is Acupuncture Needle like?

They are very fine needles varying in thickness and length. The thickness of a needle can be from 0.18 of a mm to 0.35 of a mm so very small especially compared to a hypodermic needle you might be used to from a doctor.

What are the points called and how are they located? Acupuncture points are other called by their Chinese name of by combining the name of the meridian or channel they fall on with a sequential number given to the Acupuncture point. An example of this would be PC6 the 6th point on the Pericardium channel. There are 12 main meridians/channels on the body which are mirrored on each side run up or down. The points are located on the body through the use of bony landmarks and through measurements called a Cun which are relative in size to the individual patient’s body.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

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Patent Chinese herbal formulas are used to treat various conditions and disorders as well as aiding in general health and wellbeing

Chinese herbal medicine has been around as long as humanity itself with early man’s survival depending on what plants were toxic or not and this experience also lead to understanding what made him stronger and helped sustain life, and even help ward of infections. Over thousands of years and millions of human trials, the complex and sophisticated diagnostic and treatment methods of Chinese herbal medicine were developed.

Herbal medicine then lead to the combining of herbs which further developed in to hundreds of herbal formulas covering a wide range of health problems. These formulas were designed holistically to treat the symptoms of a patients disease/disorder and more importantly to targeted the root cause of the problem improving the patients overall health. These formulas were well documented and further refined over hundreds and thousands of years. The advantage with herbal medicine is if formulated for the condition correctly there were no side effects.

Chinese herbal formulas are now prepared and available in tablet and capsule, and the more recent granular form. These formulas complement acupuncture treatments helping support and improve a patient’s health between treatments.

Acupuncture and WorkCover

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Acupuncture treatments performed by Chinese Medicine Practitioners are now covered by WorkCover Queensland

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Chinese Medicine Practitioners were specifically mentioned on WorkCover’s website as they are registered health professionals with the Australian Health Professionals Agency and the Chinese Medical Board of Australia (AHPRA/CHBA). This is significant in the fact that the minimum level of education is a Bachelor Degree in Health Sciences and Chinese Medicine, continued professional development, member of an appropriate association, and full indemnity insurance.

What does this mean to you? A Chinese medicine practitioner practicing Acupuncture is formally trained in Chinese medicine with acupuncture a large component which gives them a broader scope of practice in the use of Acupuncture in the treatment of injuries and disorders than other health professionals. Medical Doctors, Physiotherapists, and some other health professionals can legally perform medical interventions using acupuncture needles under the banner or Acupuncture and dry needling but often don’t have a full understanding of Chinese Medicine. There are over 360 acupuncture points on the human body of which an Acupuncturist is trained to accurately locate and use each one.

This is an important step forward for Chinese Medicine Acupuncture in Australia as WorkCover Queensland has made a clear distinction between health professionals offering acupuncture/dry needling and Acupuncture from a Chinese Medicine practitioners solidifying its place in western society and health care.

If you have a work related injury and would like to know more about how we may be able to help with your recovery please give us a call.

TCM Remedial Massage

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The use of pressure, manipulation, and massage on the body to stimulate acupuncture points, manipulate joints, and muscle trigger points

Chinese Remedial Massage (Tui Na)

Chinese Massage or Tui Na is a form of Massage used to correct musculoskeletal problems as well as treating diseases and disorders and can be used in place of acupuncture for patients with needle phobias. Tui Na may be used as part of and acupuncture session if required or as a standalone treatment .If Tui Na is utilised as a standalone treatment, the same diagnosis process is used as within an Acupuncture session and like Tui Na uses acupuncture points on the body to affect and balance various systems of the body including the flow of energy and fluids but without the use of needles. The use of pressure, pinching, plucking, rubbing, and revolving techniques, among other methods and techniques are used to stimulate acupuncture points. It is an effective form of massage and is also used to manipulate various parts of the body to aid in the realignment of joints as well as being used to increase and restore proper range of motion of joints, within the body.

Tui Na is not just massage but have the advantage of making use of the full range of effective diagnostic tools used in an acupuncture treatment to find the root cause of a problem. This allows us to focus on the symptoms as well as the underlying cause of a problem in treating the musculoskeletal aspects as well as the internal organ systems of the body. It is effective at treating joint pain (such as arthritis), sciatica, various types of back pain, neck and shoulder pain, muscle spasms, headaches and migraines, stress and anxiety, insomnia, among other external and internal conditions.

As with the other tools and therapies in Chinese Medicine, Tui Na is not solely designed to correct problems, but also help prevent them. This is achieved by clearing blockages in the energy and fluid systems of the body ensuring the free flow of Qi and Blood throughout the body.

Tui Na survived the centuries as a popular form of healing among the general Chinese population. In china Anmo is the term for massage and is a general practice whereas Tui Na is a more specialized term indicating practices based on the theories of Chinese medicine. The style of Tui Na practiced in China today is closer to the work of chiropractors, osteopaths, and physical therapists than to that of massage therapists. It’s taught as a separate but equal field of study in schools of Traditional Chinese Medicine, requiring the same level of training as acupuncturists and herbalists.

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