What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years. The acupuncturist inserts very fine needles into the patient’s skin at specific points along the body’s meridians. The stimulation of these acupuncture points affects both the central and peripheral nervous systems. It triggers the release of the body’s internal chemicals such as endorphins and enkephalins, which have pain-relieving properties.

How does Acupuncture work?

Life energy (Qi) flows through the whole body. Sickness and pain are caused by an imbalance of Qi and Blood. The acupuncturist is able to influence health by stimulating specific points along the meridians to balance Qi and Blood.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture is generally painless because acupuncture needles are about the thickness of a dog’s whisker or a strand of hair. There may be a moment of pain at the time of insertion, but once the needles are in they shouldn’t cause pain. Should you experience any discomfort, inform the practitioner, and they will adjust the needles accordingly.

Do you reuse the needles?

No, we don’t. All needles are sterilized and disposable.

What can I expect during an acupuncture treatment?

We will collect a complete history through the online questionnaire. We will ask questions relating to many different aspects of your life, not only the condition for which you are seeking treatment. We will then take your pulse, examine your tongue, and palpate your abdomen or check for tender areas along the blood vessels if necessary during your initial exam. The initial exam lasts for half an hour. Treatment visits usually last about 1 hour.

How often do I have to come?

Your treatment course will be determined after the first visit and reassessed after each session.  Your practitioner will make a treatment plan for you during your half hour initial exam.

How many treatments will I need?

Every case is unique, but the practitioner will be able to give you some idea of how many times you may need to come for treatment at your initial exam.

How can I prepare for my session?

Do not engage in strenuous activity, smoke excessively, drink alcohol, or ingest heavy meals before or after your acupuncture treatment. It is best to eat a light meal before your treatment and wear shorts or loose clothing so that the arms and legs below the elbows and knees, as well as the abdomen, are accessible.

Which part of my body will you insert needles in? My neck is so sore, I am worried that if you put acupuncture needles on my neck it might make it worse.

Our emphasis is on getting to the root of the problem, we are not restricted to using local acupuncture points to treat disease. This has many advantages. A patient who has neck pain, for example, may find it uncomfortable to hold their neck in one position for long enough to have local points used. If we use distant acupuncture points, the patient is free to move their neck, which will not only avoid aggravating the problem by adding stiffness to the equation, but will also allow the patient to appreciate the difference in pain levels and range of motion that needling has made.

We often find it useful to teach our patients acupuncture points which they can massage to relieve pain in between acupuncture treatment sessions.

How much do your treatments cost?

When you first come in to Centre of Balance, we recommend that you book your first appointment as an Initial Exam. This appointment is a consultation only, where you can discuss your health issues in depth with your practitioner. Your practitioner can then come up with a treatment plan for you, which may include acupuncture treatments, herbal prescriptions, or both. The price of your treatment will depend on your treatment plan.

Do you treat ACC patients?

Yes, all of our practitioners are ACC registered.  If you have a valid ACC claim, we can treat you for that injury. If you have to travel a long way for your treatment ACC may be able to help, if your injury is covered by ACC. Find out more about possible cover of travel costs here.

Do I need a doctor’s referral to come to acupuncture treatment?

No, a doctor’s referral is not always necessary. You can come directly to us privately. If it is accident related, we will refer you to your GP to register your injury under ACC. You don’t need to wait until your ACC claim is approved to be able to start your treatment with us, you can pay privately and we will refund you once your ACC claim is approved.

How can I apply for ACC treatments?

If you or someone you care for is injured, get treatment as soon as possible. Don’t wait until you feel better, as this can often make the injury worse and your recovery longer. You can either go to your family doctor to fill out an ACC claim form first or you can start your treatment with us first then get your ACC claim form filled out with your GP later.

What does our Acupuncture clinic specialise in?

Our clinic is best known for specialising in pain relief management, back pain, sciatica, knee pain, neck pain, headaches, post-operative rehabilitation and fertility treatment. With the knowledge of Chinese medicine, we are able to treat all areas. Just ring our friendly reception team on 846 7956 and ask for an appointment.