FAQ

Does acupuncture hurt?

The needles used in acupuncture are very fine, and when inserted skilfully do not hurt. It is typical for clients to feel very relaxed with treatment and often fall asleep.

Are the acupuncture needles reused?

No. All needles used to penetrate the skin issingle use disposable. This means that they arrive at the clinic pre-sterilized and packaged and ready for use. Once the needles are used they are placed into a sharps container for disposal. Needles and other critical equipment are never re-used.

What conditions is acupuncture good for?

Acupuncture has been used as a source of primary health care for more than 2000 years. As such acupuncture has been used to manage most any condition you would normally see in general practice. It is however important to have realistic expectations about what acupuncture may achieve for your condition.

Is it true that acupuncture works for some people and not for others?

I don’t subscribe to the view that acupuncture works for some people and not for others. I think it is more complex than that. Medicine in any form is both an art and a science. There are a number of factors that will influence the outcome of your treatments.

  • The diagnosis must be accurate.
  • The treatment must match the diagnosis.
  • The client will need to actively participate in the treatment of their condition.
  • It is important to have realistic expectations about what acupuncture may achieve for your condition and how quickly those changes will occur.

What conditions doesn’t acupuncture work for?

We obviously can’t treat cancer or type 1 diabetes but we can assist with improving the quality of life issues associated with these conditions and the side effects caused by conventional treatment. For example, acupuncture may be appropriate when dealing with nausea and fatigue associated with chemotherapy.

Is acupuncture safe?

When performed by a suitably qualified practitioner acupuncture is very safe. All needles used are sterile single use only items which are deposited directly into a sharps container immediately after use.

Can children have acupuncture?

The treatment we use in the clinic is gentle it is suitable for all ages. There are even techniques suitable for babies (where the pins are not retained). For some children and others who are fearful of needles, laser may be used to stimulate acupuncture points.

Can I get health fund rebates?

All of our practitioners are recognised service providers for most health funds. It is always important to check with your health fund to ensure you are covered for the benefit you wish to claim.

Is acupuncture or massage therapy safe if I’m pregnant?

Acupuncture has a long history of safely supporting women during pregnancy and generally used in 3 ways:

  1. Acupuncture is used manage complaints which may occur during pregnancy such as morning sickness, fluid retention, haemorrhoids or to turn a malpositioned (Breach) Baby.
  2. Weekly acupuncture treatments from 36 weeks gestation uses points in the arms and legs to prepare the woman’s body for birth. Treatments at this time also provide the opportunity to discuss the use of acupressure for pain relief during child birth.
  3. Once full term is reached acupuncture can be used to help induce labor.

There are specific points are not used in pregnancy because they are on the abdomen or can stimulate early labor.

What should I expect at a treatment?

Please arrive at your initial consultation about 10 minutes early to complete all necessary paperwork. Your initial consultation will take between 45 to 60 minutes and arriving early will ensure your time won’t be taken up by filling out paperwork. Whilst acupuncture is the primary component of most treatments other techniques such as massage, moxabustion and cupping may be used but your therapist will explain these techniques to you before the treatment starts. If you think you area little too needle-phobic for acupuncture then painless laser acupuncture is also available.

You can expect follow-up treatments to takearound 45 minutes. Typically follow up treatments involves a short discussion on your progress and any questions you may have followed by your treatment.