Acupuncture Nambour, Sunshine Coast
At Nambour Chinese medicine, acupuncture is one of the main Traditional Chinese medicine modalities we offer. Acupuncture is a method of applying needles to the body to restore balance and give good health. Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing methods in the world. It is also effective for certain conditions.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years and is a proven beneficial treatment that’s extremely safe and gentle. It works on the idea that any illness or pain is caused by a disruption of energy (qi) flow. This philosophy developed at a time without modern science and so the theories evolved through observation of what happened when points were pressed and poked. Why does a needle in the hand take the pain away from the head? The Chinese believed that there must be an energy line connecting both areas. This allowed the theories of acupuncture to evolve so that a treatment can be replicated over and over. So although modern science is catching up on the mechanisms behind acupuncture, many acupuncturists will still use the old terminologies in the clinic to find an effective treatment combination. These theories are behind why an acupuncturist may place needles very far away from the pain or dysfunction and to many peoples surprise the may find the pain improve
An acupuncture session is more than just having acupuncture needles inserted into points. It is the most well-known method in the methods of Chinese medicine that aim to rebalance the body. When your acupuncturist reviews your health, they will think of a variety of methods that may help. This will all be discussed in your treatment and treatment plan. The other modalities that may be included within your acupuncture treatment include:
- acupuncture needles
- gua sha
- Chinese herbal medicine
- diet therapy
- lifestyle suggestions
- relaxation methods
As you can see the acupuncture sessions may be more involved than many people first realise. This is because it sees the whole person during the evaluation and aims to improve health. So although somebody may arrive for sciatica pain or a headache the person’s overall health is a part of the assessment.
Conditions Commonly Seen in Clinic
In January 2017 a review was published called The Acupuncture Evidence Project. This review found that acupuncture had a positive effect on 117 conditions and showed strong evidence of a positive effect for 8 conditions. These conditions include migraine prophylaxis, headache, chronic low back pain, allergic rhinitis, knee osteoarthritis, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, post-operative nausea and vomiting and postoperative pain. Within the remaining conditions, 71 conditions were unclear as to the effect and 38 conditions were categorised as potential positive. Find the review here: acupuncture evidence project
So although the research is looking promising we still cannot make any claims about how effective your treatment will be.
Below are some of the conditions that we commonly see in the clinic. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us to discuss.
- Pain Conditions: Musculoskeletal Pain (back, neck, knee, shoulder, elbow, etc.), Arthritis, Migraines, Headaches, Sports Injuries, Fibromyalgia, TMJ, Post-Operative Recovery, Nervous System Disorders.
- Respiratory Disorders: Asthma, Allergies, Sinus Problems.
- Gastrointestinal Disorders: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Food Allergies, Ulcers, Gastritis, Acid Reflux, Indigestion, Constipation/Diarrhea.
- Women’s Health: Infertility, PMS, Menstrual Irregularities, Endometriosis, Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, Menopause, Hormonal Imbalances, Pregnancy Conditions, Postpartum, Reproductive Disorders, Breech Baby.
- Men’s Health: Incontinence, Reproductive Disorders, Prostate Problems.
- Children’s Health: Coughs, Colic, Allergies, ADD/ADHD, Sleep Disorders, Digestive Problems, Fever/Flu/Colds, Stomach Aches/Nausea, Headaches, Bed Wetting.
- Addictions: Smoking, Cravings, Drug, Alcohol.
- Mental/Emotional: Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Sleep Disturbances, Stress.
What is Involved in an Acupuncture Session?
Each person is assessed as an individual and a custom treatment plan is formed. This may involve an in-depth discussion about your needs and your general health. Before your acupuncture session, the methods are explained and open communication is encouraged. The acupuncture session is done in a comfortable position and the needles will stay in for around 30 minutes.
Most patients relax deeply during acupuncture and sometimes fall asleep. We are able to provide different styles of acupuncture treatment according to the patient’s needs. For patients who are averse to needles, or for whom acupuncture is inappropriate, other modalities such as those listed below can be used instead.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Acupuncture is often described as a relaxing experience. Many people don’t feel anything and the little sensation that can be experienced is often different from what is expected. Often a tingling or dull sensation is felt that can be pleasant. With the invention of the guide tube for acupuncture needles, the experience can now be given with minimal sensation. The guide tube desensitises the region around the point and then when the needle is inserted it is often the feeling of the tube that is felt more than the needle. If you have any reservation about acupuncture just give us call or make an appointment and we can be very gentle with you or even use the array of other Chinese medicine modalities we have on hand.
How Do I Make an Acupuncture Appointment?
Looking at making an acupuncture appointment Sunshine Coast? Making an appointment is easy. Simply go to our online booking page and find a time for an initial appointment now.