What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the treatment methods used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It involves the insertion of hair thin needles into specific points on the body. The aim of treatment is to assist the body's own healing.
At our practice, acupuncture is often used in combination with other TCM treatments like cupping, moxibusition, tuina (Chinese massage) and dietary and herbal advice.
What does it feel like to be needled?
When acupuncture needles are inserted correctly there is little or no sensation, however your practitioner will usually manipulate the needle, once it is in, to elicit a sensation called de qi. This will be felt by both the practitioner and the person being needled. The sensation differs depending on the area of the body. It is often described as a distending, radiating sensation. If it there is a prolonged sharp or painful sensation, you should let your practitioner know, as this is usually incorrect.
Will acupuncture help me?
Clients often seek acupuncture for pain relief, whether from injury (Claire is a ACC accredited provider), or a chronic condition. Claire offers acupuncture to those experiencing:
Whatever the driving issue, a treatment plan is created in consultation with you, to best meet your needs.
What can I expect from an acupuncture treatment?
First treatment – 60 minutes
The first consultation will be a longer appointment, so that your practitioner can develop an understanding of exactly what's going on for you. You will be asked to complete a short consent form. If you have an approved ACC claim please bring your claim number and the date of the injury. Treatment is often given fully clothed. If massage is part of the treatment you may be invited to remove some clothing if you wish to avoid oil staining.
Subsequent treatments - usually 45-60 minutes (shorter appointment times are appropriate for children)
Treatment usually involves the insertion of needles at specific points relating to your current condition and constitution. It may also include the use of moxibustion, cups and tuina. Often some dietary advice will be offered and if your practitioner feels that Chinese herbal formulas will be of use to you, appropriate formulas from the Evergreen Herb range may be suggested or you may be referred to a Chinese herbalist.
People often report feeling relaxed and often fall asleep during treatment. Your practitioner may remain quietly in the room whilst the needles are in or may, if appropriate step out -maintaining a listening distance - to allow you some space to relax.