Acupuncture

By: Paul Neilson  10-Jul-2013
Keywords: Back Pain, Neck Pain, Pain Management

Acupuncture is an ancient system of medicine that dates back at least 5000 years with many cultures utilising it, including India, Japan, China and most of the western world. From this diversity many different styles of acupuncture have evolved, for example, the Chinese use a very different approach to treatment with a unique underlying philosophy, when compared to the Indian or Japanese system of acupuncture. In western countries the style is different again. As an example the Chinese system of acupuncture uses the ancient theories of yin and yang in its translation of underlying pathology. A tongue and pulses diagnosis are taken so that the practitioner can gain a deeper understanding of which organs and body systems are involved in your presenting complaint. This system of acupuncture is the most traditional and successful as it is not only time tested but moreover it is clinically proven in its efficacy and results. It now falls under the category of evidence based practice. This type of acupuncture requires 4 years of full time study. On the other hand medical acupuncture or anatomical acupuncture is commonly used by some doctors, physiotherapists and chiropractors. It also goes by the name of dry needling. Medical acupuncture or dry needling is a branch of acupuncture that has been adopted by western medical practitioners such as Chiropractors, physiotherapists and some remedial therapists to treat pain. This therapy is very effective in the treatment of lower back pain, sciatica, shoulder pain and more, but is limited to this and typically therapists using this approach have only a few weeks training. At Acu-Care Naturopathics, Paul Neilson is a registered Acupuncturist, has a graduate diploma of clinical acupuncture and has trained in the traditional approach to acupuncture thus ensuring quality treatment. Typically a consultation at Acu-Care involves a detailed questionnaire regarding your current symptoms, diet and lifestyle. A consultation may also include various diagnostic procedures such as tongue, nail, pulse, Iridology and digital meridian imaging in order to gain further information about your presenting symptoms. Treatment will then consist of stimulating specific acupuncture points on the body using ultra fine acupuncture needles. This stimulation can then cause the nervous system to release chemicals in the brain, spinal cord and muscles. These chemicals then change the experience of pain and trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones that balance the body’s own internal regulating system. The immune system is also stimulated therefor tissue repair is enhanced with sprains and strains encouraging a much faster healing process. Clients generally experience improved energy levels and improved physical and mental well-being. An initial consultation will typically last 1.5 to 2 hours and the total number of treatments required will vary according to your body’s natural healing rate and the severity of your complaint. Generally the less severe the condition the fewer treatments you will require, however results can be rapid and many people experience a decrease in pain after only 1 to 3 treatments. A significant or chronic problem may require daily treatment for 3 visits, then 2 weekly visits for several weeks and a more acute condition may only require 1-3 treatments. If you are not sure if acupuncture can help your condition then either call the clinic and ask or send an email from our contact pages. Alternatively, book a trial of about 4 treatments and we often find that stubborn problems and conditions often respond well to a combined approach with the addition of soft tissue manipulation, herbal and homeopathic medicine. Best of health Paul Neilson

Keywords: Acupuncturist, Back Pain, Hip Pain, Lower Back Pain, Migraine, Neck Pain, Pain Management, Shoulder Pain, Tennis Elbow

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