Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medical modality used for thousands of years with its usage continuing to spread all around the world. With very few complications and minimal pain when administered by a qualified practitioner, it is able to alleviate and treat several health conditions and maintain optimal health.
Acupuncture is a non-invasive technique which involves inserting a single-use metallic needle, as thin as your hair, into the skin of specific points lying on the body. These needles are then stimulated with the hand or electrically to generate a ‘de qi’ sensation, a feeling of tingling, dull-ache, throbbing or heaviness, which signifies the ‘awakening of Qi’, the precursor to initiating or maintaining the body’s homeostasis.
As a holistic complementary therapy, each client is assessed by our Acupuncturist and treated as an individual to ensure that treatment caters for their specific needs.
Our Acupuncturist is particularly interested in:
- Frozen Shoulder
- Maintaining general wellbeing
- Boosting the immune system
- Digestive conditions
- Stress and anxiety
- Chronic Fatigue
- Weight loss
- Musculoskeletal conditions: Neck Stiffness, Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow, Sciatica and Back pain
Our Acupuncturist is AHPRA registered and is a member of ATMS.
To answer more of your questions about Acupuncture visit FAQ here.
Meet our Acupuncturist:
Joy is a lovely addition to our team at Body of Life Health Centre providing Remedial Massage, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Joy has an absolute passion for helping people and is well experienced and qualified as an AHPRA registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and AMT registered Massage Therapist.
Her favourite way to exercise is by line dancing and if that is to her favourite Country music she is really happy. Joy also has a great sense of humour enjoying Everybody Loves Raymond and loves to relax whilst listening to music and reading. Her ideal getaway is of course China!
Joy had the excitement of being part of the Olympic Massage team at the Hombebush Aquatic Centre and Olympic Village in the 2000 Olympics and really enjoyed being part of the team.
At Body of Life Health Centre, she prides herself on her professional standards and is particularly interested in Frozen Shoulder, Stress and Anxiety, Back Pain, Headaches, Menopause and Chronic Fatigue.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I see an Acupuncturist?
There are four main reasons patients consider Acupuncture treatment:
- Most commonly, patients have a condition that does not respond to conventional care. They seek a treatment option that can effectively provide a solution to their healthcare issue.
- Conventional treatment often requires drugs with undesirable side effects or an unwanted surgery to treat the condition; therefore an alternative medical option is sought.
- Patients are taking many western drugs that are expensive, have side effects or interfere with one another. Often Chinese medicine can treat these conditions so that the drugs can be withdrawn.
- Patients who seek a natural, holistic medical approach to healthcare.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
No! Acupuncture is a very gentle treatment and every care is taken to ensure the patient’s comfort. Terms such as ‘warm, dull, tingling, buzzing or spreading’ are often used by patients to describe needle sensation. In Chinese Medicine, this is known as a ‘qi’ sensation and it is indicative of a therapeutic outcome.
Is Acupuncture safe?
Yes – acupuncture is very safe. In fact, many randomised controlled trials compare not only the efficacy of acupuncture to other modalities but also the rate and level of adverse effects. Acupuncture consistently has fewer and less harmful adverse effects than other modalities.
Only single use, sterilised, fine gauge needles are used during treatments.
In Australia, practitioners usually have at least 4 years of full-time practical experience whilst they complete a university level Bachelor qualification. They undergo thousands of supervised clinical practice hours in addition to both Western and Eastern medical study.
What does a treatment involve?
At your first treatment, your practitioner will discuss your health concerns and ask you a variety of questions to gain a complete understanding of your past and current health. The information you provide is private and confidential. Some questions may seem unusual however the honesty of your answers help us to form the most accurate diagnosis and treatment plan for you to achieve the best possible outcomes. Patients often find that acupuncture is able to address more of their health issues than they initially sought treatment for.
Each treatment usually lasts between 45 minutes to 1 hour and we kindly ask you to arrive ten minutes early to your first appointment. We advise that you do not come on an empty stomach and you are welcome to bring any relevant tests results or scans with you to your appointment.
How many consultations are usually required?
This depends on the condition that is being treated. For most conditions, treatments are needed twice per week and may be resolved within a few weeks, however this can vary widely. Your practitioner will discuss expected treatment outcome times with you at your consultation.
How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture research is rapidly growing field, enhancing modern understanding of the mechanisms of action involved in acupuncture therapeutics. Currently we know that acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) stimulating neurotransmitters, endorphins and hormone production which regulate body functions and restore homeostasis.
There are thousands of published randomized-controlled trials demonstrating the efficacy of Chinese Medicine for treating pain (lower back pain, sporting injuries, migraines, osteoarthritis) but also many other conditions (infertility, bladder dysfunction, anxiety and allergic rhinitis).
Modern technology (Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Thermography, Blood Tests etc) has complemented and added to our understanding of Chinese Medicine best practice. The clinical and anecdotal evidence is clear and frequently experienced by practitioners and patients so the question is no longer about whether or not Chinese Medicine works but rather how it works.
What is Qi?
Qi (“chee”) is our body’s energy, our life essence, the spark that drives our substance and function. It can be likened to the Western Medicine concept of metabolic function though it is important to avoid labelling direct comparisons between Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine theory.
Chinese philosophy and medicine pre-dates modern medical terminology, thus the concepts of Chinese philosophy do not correspond specifically to western medicine terminology. The theory is that Qi circulates around the body via channels or meridians and in a state of complete health, this process occurs smoothly and appropriately to keep our minds and bodies functioning optimally.
Factors such as age, overwork, environmental factors, stress/fear, trauma and poor nutrition interrupt or inhibit the flow of qi resulting in disease, illness or pain. The aim of Chinese Medicine is to nourish qi where it is deficient, move qi where it is blocked and subdue qi where it is in excess. The overall concept here is balance – to restore homeostasis by balancing yin and yang.
Is Acupuncture covered by private health insurance?
Yes, if you have Extras cover, however the rebate will depend on the type of cover and the fund you are with. Bring your private health fund card and we can process your health fund payment at the time of consultation with HICAPS.
Is Acupuncture covered by Medicare?
Not generally, however there is a government initiative called the Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) Program. This allows someone with chronic pain or a chronic condition to have five (5) osteopathic, chiropractic, or other approved allied health service consultations a year when referred by their doctor. A Medicare rebate covers some (but not all) of the fee. Please speak to your GP or call us to see if you might be eligible.