What is Acupuncture?
The aim of acupuncture therapy is to promote health and relieve pain. It is system of health care that has been used and developed over thousands of years. It is said to have originated in China and today forms the mainstay of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
The application of Acupuncture allows the practitioner to assess the flow and balance of 'energy' in the body within pathways known as "meridians and Channels" The acupuncturist is able to influence health and sickness by stimulating certain points along these "meridians", to adjust 'vital energy' and stimulate a healing effect. Stimulation is usually applied with fine sterile needles. Other tools of stimulation used can include herbs, electricity, magnets and lasers.
There is much debate as to how the application of stimulation or pressure at these acupuncture points can give pain relief or actually affect a change. One theory recently explored, (Adjunct Professor, Dr Morry Silberstein, at Curtin University) indicates that acupuncture points appear to be found at a branching point of nerves called C fibres. The insertion of acupuncture needles disrupts transmission of low-grade sensory information over very long distances, leading to pain relief.
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- Podiatric or clinical acupuncture is a simplified approach to the acupuncture used in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).It is generally integrated into existing Podiatric treatment plans and may use western clinical reasoning for the choice of needle placement as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine clinical reasoning for the choice of needle placement.
- Our clinical acupuncture techniques are used for pain relief only and generally in conjunction with other areas of your podiatric treatment.
- Conditions suitable for treatment include:
- Plantar fasciitis, heel pain, first metatarsal pain, metatarsalgia, Mortons neuroma, Achilles tendonitis and Bursitis, acute and chronic ankle pain.
- Shin splints, Tibialis muscle syndromes, restless leg syndrome, intermittent claudication, and cramps.
- Scar pain, arthritis, aching feet with no other symptoms and post fracture pain.
- In this procedure, needles (sterile and single use) are inserted at individually determined points of the body and left for 15-20 minutes. Relaxing as much as possible during treatment will enhance the process.
How many treatments are needed?
The number of treatments required will vary from person to person and depend on the condition treated. Chronic or long-standing conditions may require one or two treatments a week for several weeks, whereas acute problems usually need fewer visits. Top up or maintenance treatments may be recommended as required.
Is Acupuncture safe? And what are the side effects?
Some patients may experience bruising, may feel faint, or may feel very tired following treatment. However, acupuncture has fewer side effects than many drug treatments and most people experience no problems at all.
Dry Needling for Myofascial Pain Syndrome.
In the treatment of trigger points for persons with Myofascial Pain Syndrome, dry needling uses acupuncture needles for the release of trigger points in muscles (myo) and its surrounding connective tissues (fascia). There is a big crossover in the points used in the different styles of acupuncture as approximately 80% of acupuncture points correspond to trigger points in muscles. Based on our assessment we assess where the needles will be placed; in trigger points and or acupuncture points.