WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture is one of the world’s oldest healing techniques which can be traced back over 5000 years. It is a therapy which stimulates specific points located on or near the surface of the skin. These points can be stimulated by various means, including acupressure, cupping, scraping, moxabustion and very fine needles.

The physiology of how Acupuncture works has little understanding in western medicine to date.  However there are a number of clinical studies that have stated it helps with; back and neck pain, nausea, pain, nerve pain, migraines and headaches.

A proposed theory is that Acupuncture creates excitation of nerve cells around the needle site which stimulates a possible neurological response, relaying it to the central nervous system – the brain and spinal cord; which triggers the bodies own normal healing reaction. Also inserting a foreign object (the fine needle) into the body causes an increase in circulation to the local area. Increasing blood flow to strained muscles and sprained ligaments enhance the healing process as a result of the constituents in the blood. Usually an area that that receives minimal blood flow takes longer to heal.

Acupuncture may also work by activating endogenous opioids which helps in inhibiting pain.

Acupuncture is very effective with injuries, nerve impingement/damage and scar tissue.

In April 2010 Fiona commenced treating a racehorse with a large grade 4 core lesion of the suspensory ligament. To clarify he had torn a tendon in the lower front leg. The injury was diagnosed from an ultrasound and the report stated ‘this injury is very severe and the prognosis for future racing is very poor, it is recommended he be retired from racing”.

After 3 months of regular acupuncture treatment another ultrasound was carried out showing that the tendon was healing remarkably well. The vet who did the ultrasound said it was very surprising a horse of his age could heal so well! Mr Clangtastic the racehorse went onto race again. This is one of the many success cases of acupuncture.

Acupuncture also appears to help homeostasis by stimulating the specific acupuncture points on the body which affects kidneys, liver, brain, endocrine and nervous system. Hence most people feel the benefits of a general sense of well being and increase in energy levels.

Homeostasis is the ability of the body or cell to seek and maintain a condition of equilibrium or stability within its internal environment when dealing with external changes.

Conditions Acupuncture Can Help With:

  • relieving back and neck pain
  • sporting injuries including all peripheral joint injuries
  • muscle and tendon injury repair
  • reducing headaches and migraines
  • relieving stress
  • disc bulge
  • sciatica pain
  • period pain
  • enhancing fertility

See What we Treat page for more symptoms that can be treated with acupuncture.

Treatment.

When you see an Acupuncturist at Chirotechnic they will take an extensive case history to
help make a diagnosis. Depending on the individual case a physical examination may be required – blood pressure may be taken, neurological and orthopaedic tests may also be performed.

Acupuncture points will be chosen and stimulated to activate your bodies own healing mechanisms, reducing the time that injuries and illnesses take to heal. Stimulation of the acupuncture points usually takes 20 minutes. Standard treatment is 40 minutes. Longer consultations are available.