Traditional Chinese Medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force as qi (Chee) – believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, we believe that your energy flow will re-balance.
The first treatment starts with a detailed consultation, recording past medical history. You will be asked about your current symptoms, your diet, digestion system, sleeping patterns and emotional state.
An integral part of a Traditional Chinese acupuncture clinic treatment includes taking the pulse on both wrists, and having a look at the tongue. The procedures indicate to us your general state of health and allow us to reach a diagnosis and treatment plan.
Acupuncture needles are much finer that needles used for injections and blood tests and are single-use disposable stainless-steel type. They are inserted a few millimetres below the skin at chosen points along the channels of energy. The needles are left in place for at least 20 mins.
The sensation may be either dull or is described as tingling, with the intention of stimulating the body’s own healing mechanism and help restoring and maintaining its natural balance.
Dry Needling is not the same as Acupuncture, Acupuncturists have studied and trained for a minimum of 4 years, and over 1000 clinical hours, so they understand the flow of energy in the body and how to redirect it and relieve pain. Dry needling uses the same needles, but in not performed by a registered Acupuncturist.