FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

DO YOU WORK WITH OTHER MODALITIES?

Treatment Plans can be developed in conjunction with your General Practitioner, Surgeon, Oncologist, Gynecologist, Obstetrician, Pediatrician, Chiropractor, and Nutritionist with an easy to follow Combined Discipline Treatment Plan (CDTP).

If you have a preferred medical practitioner you currently visit, you may put us in contact with them directly. If not, we can refer you to one of our preferred co-practitioners in the area of medicine we think would help compliment your Acupuncture treatment.

WHY DO SOME OTHER PRACTITIONERS CALL IT “DRY NEEDLING” OR OTHER NAMES?

You may have been offered a non-Acupuncture needling treatment via another health care practitioner and now you are confused as to the difference between this needling and true Acupuncture. Likewise, you may have received Acupuncture before from a massage therapist, Chiropractor or your Physiotherapist. Even Medical Doctors can provide needling, some of whom classify it as “Medical Acupuncture” and can offer it under Medicare to be Bulk Billed. While we love all of these therapies, we believe that true Acupuncture needs to be administered by a trained Acupuncturist who is registered to deliver Acupuncture in Australia. The Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA) and the Australian Asian and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA) are the two governing bodies which a registered Acupuncturist must be an active member of.

Acupuncture has been sourced back at least two thousand years. While many believe Acupuncture relies only on working with the communication networks of the body, ancient texts also documented Acupuncture techniques which work specifically at the site of musculoskeletal tension which are now commonly known as ‘trigger points’. For this reason, needling trigger points falls under the scope of Acupuncture and needs to be practiced by a registered Acupuncturist also. The needles used in “Dry Needling” are, in fact, Acupuncture needles. A “Dry Needling” course regularly runs between 10-25 hours, sometimes with as little as 6-8 hours of clinical needling practice. In comparison, to be a CMBA and AACMA registered Acupuncturist, we must compete at least 2500 hours of clinical needling practice. The degree required to be a registered Acupuncturist ensure we have specialized knowledge in the safe handling, insertion and disposal of Acupuncture pins, as well as the safe insertion techniques, angles and depths for every Acupuncture point in the human body. Even points thought to be harmless such as the legs and arms can be quite dangerous when performed by someone with minimal Acupuncture training, or by someone who has two or three different jobs to do. We only work with Acupuncture, so it is our number one practiced medical technique and all of our staff are well practiced, trained and treat many patients each and every day.

At Aus Acu, we specialize in Acupuncture and offer 100% Acupuncture treatments, meaning our practitioners are registered and trained to university standard in Acupuncture treatments. Rather than a mixed modality clinic, we offer the most precise, effective and affordable Acupuncture treatments and will refer clients as needed for other modalities plus work alongside your other health care practitioners as needed. We choose to train in one field and perform it expertly.

Not only are our staff specialized Acupuncturists, each Doctor of Acupuncture receives further post graduate training in their area of expertise. From Fertility to Digestive health and much more, you can rest assure that your practitioner has the training, skills and knowledge to treat exactly what you need and give outstanding results, every time. Additionally, our team receives ongoing training through Aus Acu clinics, which is above the standards necessary for Australian Acupuncture registration. As a business, we are committed to going above and beyond all compulsory trainings, regulatory check lists and health and safety requirements and we set our own standard in Acupuncture health care.

To be sure you are receiving a safe treatment by a registered Acupuncturist just look for the AACMA (Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association) logo.  To be a registered Acupuncturist in Australia, you must be registered AACMA regardless of your other degrees, qualifications or registrations. (Even a brain surgeon who wants to use Acupuncture needles needs to be registered with AACMA!). Of course, all the acupuncturists at Aus Acu have full registration with AACMA and as part of this registration must attend regular continued education events and revised technique trainings to ensure that they stay up to date with modern developments, skills, ethics and safety in this field.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Acupuncture healing is founded on a theory that electromagnetic energy runs through our body and helps our body stay balanced and healthy. When the energy flow is disrupted by internal disharmony or external cause, our body displays ‘alarm signs’ that something is wrong. About 5,000 years ago, Chinese healers discovered fourteen energy pathways. These pathways, or vessels, may be likened to electrical antennas sending electromagnetic vibrational waves throughout the body. The energy surfaces in precisely located neurovascular nodes (points) which are needled using extremely thin, sterile and disposable pins to a precise depth at a precise angle. This invasive yet safe and painless technique is performed by acupuncturists who must undergo many hundreds of hours of training under strict supervision before applying for registration to practice Acupuncture in Australia.

Acupuncture treatment protocols can be based on empirical (observational) evidence or research based evidence. Aus Acu clinics use both. Modern research on acupuncture is thorough, and overwhelmingly positive. Research has shown that Acupuncture stimulates the communication pathways in the body to increase the rate of healing response in everything from pain and tension to inflammation and chronic disease. Every one of our cells is continually monitored via a communication network (energy vessels or pathways) which communicate with the Central Nervous System. Diseases and injuries are resolved by a complex set of responses using this same communication system. When these communication systems are interrupted or fail, our body’s self-healing mechanisms create a backlog of complaints resulting in today’s plethora of medical conditions. Some of these conditions are eventually healed by your body’s cells while others lead chronic complaints, meaning your body’s self healing mechanisms have been overcome. Pharmaceutical drugs may work for a short period of time, but eventually other signs and symptoms will pop up unless the condition is addressed at the cause. Improper diet and lack of exercise, excess stress and some medications are examples of what can interfere with your body’s ability to self heal and lead to health problems.

The primary communication system affected by Acupuncture is the nervous system, which not only transmits signals along the nerves that comprise it, but also emits a variety of biochemical signals that influence other cells of the body. Acupuncture helps the body regulate its own anti-inflammatory response and pain relieving chemicals, as well as releasing neurotransmitters that create a sensation of relaxation and well being. The relaxation of an acupuncture session in itself is healing, with most clients feeling calm, grounded and even elated after leaving our clinic.

Acupuncture sets off a biochemical cascade of reactions and sensations which, over time, has been shown to reduce the severity and symptoms of many modern conditions and complaints as well as preventing the onset of many health problems and even chronic disease.  Some acupuncture initiates a ‘global’ (holistic) healing response which therefore helps our general health, whereas other points have only limited application but are used precisely for a desired outcome. It is common for Acupuncturists to combine the broad-spectrum points and the specific points for each treatment depending on the treatment plan being followed.

Remember, your body was designed to be healthy and to function well. We know that day after day our bodies are continually trying to heal, however with physical strain from activity or a sedentary lifestyle, poor nutrition, stress, aging and even inherited disorders and diseases, acupuncture is incredibly effective to assist the natural healing process of your body.

DOES IT HURT?

Acupuncture needles aren’t actually needles at all. Only medical needles are are true ‘needles’  as they are hollow, and thus designed to administer a drug into a patient or remove a sample from the patients tissues or fluids.

Acupuncture needles (pins) are solid, and remarkably thin and flexible. Some are thinner than your skin can detect, and actually pass between skin cells rather than damaging them meaning they are completely painless.

Additionally, acupuncture needles are kept sterile incased in a thin plastic tube which is depressed against the skin. This serves two purposes. It keeps the needle clean and sterile and it reduces the sensory perception of the needle being inserted.

Acupuncture is designed to be calming and relaxing, and many clients find they actually fall asleep during treatment.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO WORK?

Depending on your concerns, after your initial consultation (Aus Acu Consult) you will need to visit our clinic between one and three times weekly while repairing your body and for specialist conditions. For regular health benefits, minimum fortnightly visits are essential to ensure you stay healthy month after month with minimum risk of exposure to the stresses of modern life. Missing your fortnightly treatment could mean you miss the small window available when exposed to virus or infection, such as influence, respiratory complaints or digestive disturbances, and it then will be necessary to return to weekly treatments until your body is back in balance.

We offer great specials and discounts to our loyal clients as well as bonuses for referring friends and family. Look out for our emails and grab a pack of treatments to make your health care as economical as possible.

WHEN SHOULD I VISIT MY REGULAR GP FOR A CHECKUP? WHAT ABOUT MY ONGOING PRESCRIPTIONS AND HEALTH CONCERNS WITH MY REGULAR DOCTOR?

Acupuncture treatment alone may be sufficient to provide relief from your concern or condition, or at the very least, regular acupuncture can be used to reduce the signs and symptoms of your condition while an alternative medical investigation is undertaken. This makes acupuncture an ideal mainstream medicine for everyday use and pharmaceuticals and surgery can be used when required as last resort.

Acupuncture is not designed to replace or even compete with pharmaceutical and surgical medicine, but rather to form part of your mainstream health care plan. Together with diet and exercise, weekly acupuncture treatments will not only help your body to medicine and keep your body healing naturally as much as it possibly can. For instances requiring treatment outside of acupuncture’s scope, our acupuncturists will refer you to a general practitioner, or specialist, and continue to work with you to minimize any offset health issues that arise.

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