FAQ

Q: What is acupuncture?

A: Acupuncture has been used and tested for thousands of years and continues to be validated today.  The acupuncturist inserts very fine needles into the patient’s skin at specific points (acupuncture points), on the meridians/channels to balance Qi and Blood. 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.

 

Q: How does Acupuncture work?

A: We believe that the 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.

 

Q: Does Acupuncture hurt?

A: I guess this is the most common question asked about acupuncture. Many people associate needles with pain. Acupuncture is painless because acupuncture needles are about the thickness of a dog’s whisker. You usually feel a very unique sensation that can vary from tingling, to heaviness, to warmth, or nothing at all after acupunctrue insertion. Everyone's experience is different. Should you experience any discomfort, inform the practitioner, and they will adjust the needles accordingly.

Patient reported that Chiropractor treatment is more painful compare with acupuncture. 

 

Q: Do you reuse the needles?

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

 

Q: What can I expect during an acupuncture treatment?

A: We will collect a complete history and detailed evaluation of your condition during your first consultation. 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. The initial visit usually last up to 1hour including the treatment. Follow up visits usually last about 45mins.

 

Q: How often do I have to come?

A: Acupuncture treatments are done on a weekly basis, usually three times weekly for the first two weeks, twice weekly for a month or so, and once a week after that. Once the condition has been controlled and you are symptom-free, the treatments are done less frequently. Problems that have been around for a long time usually take more treatments to resolve than ones that have come about recently. Your treatment course will be determined after the first visit and reassessed after each session.

 

Q: How many treatments will I need?

A: It is all depending on the duration, severity, and nature of the complaint. You may only require a single treatment if you have acute conditions and some degenerative conditions may require as many as 40 treatments. Generally from 10 to 20 treatments are adequate for the majority of chronic disorders. However, you have the right to expect that your major complaint will be addressed and treated in a direct and timely manner.

 

Q: How can I prepare for my session?

A: 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. It is best to wear shorts or loose clothing so that the arms and legs below the elbows and knees, as well as the abdomen, are accessible.

 

Q: What can acupuncture do for you?
A: Acupuncture may help with pain relief, fertility and many other conditions, find out more
in Conditions We Treat

 

Q: Does acupuncture help relieve pain?

A: Yes, it does.  In fact, acupuncture is the best therapy for relieving the pain associated
with headaches, migraines, neck pain, back pain, sciatica, knee pain and leg pain even arthritis
pain, because it can unblock or balance the Qi in the meridians.  When the Qi flows freely in the
meridians, there is no pain.  According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, pain arises when the
cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced or is blocked.   
We are proud to be experts in pain relief here at Dynamic Balance.
You would need to add some information about research. You could use the 2017 Acupuncture
Evidence Based Project


https://www.acupuncture.org.au/resources/publications/the-acupuncture-evidence-project-a-
comparative-literature-review-2017/


As this research is more recent Acupuncture NZ has been recommending this over the World Health
Organisation information.

Q: Does WHO (World Health Organization) recognize Acupuncture therapy?

A: Yes, it does.  Acupuncture is an effective way of treating 28 conditions according to WHO.  They include Hypertension, induction of labour, diverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy, Leukopenia, stroke......read more about it WHO recognize Acupuncture

 

Q: What can acupuncture treat?

A: A non-exhaustive list of conditions that have been managed and treated with acupuncture follows:

  • Women’s Health – Menstrual and gynaecological problems including  PCOS,  endometriosis, ovarian cysts, painful periods, heavy periods, pre-menstrual symptoms

  • Menopausal symptoms

  • Musculoskeletal problems – arthritis, back  pain, hip pain, sciatica, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain,  tennis elbow, golfers elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, heel pain, tendonitis

  • Chronic  pain

  • Neuralgia, Bell’s Palsy, trigeminal neuralgia

  • Headaches and Migraine

  • Hypertension

  • Fertility Issues

  • Recurrent miscarriage

  • Pregnancy care

  • Irritable bowel syndrome

  • Indigestion, bloating and  heartburn

  • Alcohol and tobacco addiction

  • Low energy

  • Anxiety and low mood

  • Difficulty sleeping, insomnia

  • Recurrent sinusitis

  • Hay fever

  • Cystitis

 

For more information please visit information about Traditional Chinese Medicine.   If we have not listed one of your conditions, please email us now and tell us what you have been suffering from, and we will contact you within 48 hours to let you know whether we can help you or not. 

 

Q: 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.

A: 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 mainly choose to use acupuncture points below the knee and elbow, as we find that these are the most powerful acupuncture points.  This also has the advantage that most patients will not need to strip off to be treated - in the majority of cases you will simply need to roll up your sleeves or trouser legs.   Acupuncture will usually be done on the wrist or ankle for neck pain and the elbow or knee for lower back pain.

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

 

Q: Over the past few years I have been to the physiotherapist, the osteopath and the chiropractor without any results, but I am too scared of needles to try acupuncture, can you still help my pain?

A: Yes, we can still help you with our unique acu-point massage which does not involve any
acupuncture needles

Q: How often do I need to come for treatment?

A: Once you can see an instant improvement in your first treatment, we normally suggest you attend 3 sessions per week for to start.  We will advise you to cut down to 2 sessions or 1 session weekly as you go, depending on the progress of improvement.

 

Q: How long does it take to fix my back pain or sciatica?

A: Everyone is different.  Once you feel the improvement, we are sure you can get completely better in the future so we suggest you continue with your treatment until you are pain free.  How long it takes all depends on how severe is your problem is.  Every case is unique.

 

Q: How much do your treatments cost?

A: We have different charges to see our senior and junior practitioners.  Please visit here more details.

 

Q: Do you treat ACC patients?

A: Yes, we do.

 

Q: Do I need to pay a surcharge for ACC treatment?

A: Yes, you do. ACC will pay part of the treatment fee and you pay the rest.  Find out about ACC surcharges by clicking here

 

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

A. 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.

 

Q: How can I apply for ACC treatments?

A: 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. Find out more details from ACC website.

 

 

Q. How much is the ACC surcharge?

A. It is $20.00 per treatment with a Junior Acupuncturist and $35.00 per treatment with the Senior Acupuncturist.  Payment is to be made on the day and we accept eftpos, credit card, cash or cheque.  For more details please refer to prices.

 

Q. What does our Acupuncture clinic specialize in?

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

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