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Acupuncture is the use of any technique that punctures the skin with an Acupuncture needle. Some therapists like to use the term dry needling, myotherapy, trigger point therapy, IDN, DNP, etc. An Acupuncturist is professionally trained in any technique that uses a needle to puncture the skin and will utilise whatever forms and techniques that seem appropriate in each and every clinical case.
An Acupuncturist uses Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), herbal formulae, dietetics from a TCM perspective, tui na massage and also has training in biomedicine, anatomy & physiology, pharmacology and chemistry at a level as required in a Bachelor of Health Science degree. Balance Acupuncture and Wellness Centre takes into consideration all the various techniques and systems of Acupuncture and tailors a treatment based on diagnostics for each specific person.
Dry Needling is a term used to describe one of the many Acupuncture techniques. It’s one technique among many that an Acupuncturist may use in formulating a treatment strategy. Typically the term dry needling refers to de-activating trigger points, which are called “Ahshi” points in Acupuncture. Commonly a “twitch response” can occur and the training required also varies:
• Dry needling courses require at least 2 x days of training, for certification.
• An Acupuncturist is required to complete 4 x years training in Acupuncture.
Practitioners registered with AHPRA under the protected title “Acupuncturist”, will evaluate what techniques are most suitable after considering classical, traditional, scientific & modern research, to get the best results. That may include the use of methods like dry needling.
This is just another way of describing a pathway and the movement of blood, lymph, fluids and oxygen within the confines of these pathways. These substances all preside within veins, arteries, capillaries, lymph vessels, fascia, muscles and communicate directly with the intricacies of the nervous system, CNS, Brain and consciousness.
I believe Traditional Chinese Medicine has a rather elegant way of describing all the scientific mechanisms that play like an orchestra, in a constant loop, intertwining and biologically harmonising together with metabolic and chemical processes.
Qi has many interpretations. From a western standpoint, you could say it represents oxygen, blood and the vital movement of blood and substances toward organs, muscles, nerves and general physiology, along these pathways or meridians. It’s an alternative way of explaining the same metabolic and physiological processes we understand today.
The processes which occurred in the human body thousands of years ago when Chinese Medicine theory was being informed, are the very same processes that occur today amongst scientific thinking. And there’s the only difference, perspective, perception and differences in cultural context and language. Same body, different time.
Some people just want a “tune-up”, some people require extended treatment. Depending on your clinical issue, Acupuncture has an accumulative effect; so many cases may require a course of treatment. This can be in part explained by neuroplasticity.
Neuroplasticity describes the brains ability to adapt, change and re-organise its neural network to allow the body to accomplish previously diminished or underperforming actions. It’s the brains ability to “re-wire” and essentially grow new neural networks. So if you want to learn the piano, with repeated lessons your neural network associated with your fingers and musical reasoning will “re-wire” and you will become better and better.
The same for Acupuncture. Repeated treatments are essentially strengthening the signal to your brain every time you do it, causing “neuroplasticity”, but with the intention of improving health. Commonly 3 to 4 treatments is a good starting point to have in mind, then we re-assess and re-evaluate. Chronic problems that have been present for years cannot be fixed in 1 treatment. That is rare, an exception and far from reality. If this were the case, there would be NO ILLNESS.
For those unsure about Acupuncture, there is no pressure to continue treatment, just be aware Acupuncture is not magic.
We understand there will be those who just want to come in for a “tune-up”, some “stress relief” or to “try it out” and that is totally fine. There is never any commitment or pressure to come in for repeated treatments. We will only advise what we feel is necessary and leave it up to you.
During the Acupuncture, occasionally there may be a slight sensation of a pinch or mosquito bite. Following the needle insertion there may be tingling, numbness, achiness or heaviness in the area of the needle. These are natural responses. People occasionally feel exhilaration. Most commonly, after the needles have been placed, people feel extremely relaxed and peaceful, or energised. You will be lying on a comfortable table in a tranquil room and may even fall into a light sleep during the session.
Acupuncturists use ultra-thin, sterile, single use, disposable filament needles. Every needle is used once and then thrown away into a sharps container.
Chinese herbs and quality
Extracted forms of herbal combinations used clinically to assist in many different areas, including improving the performance of metabolism, cellular exchange, synergising the activity of organ functions, neuro-hormonal regulation to name a few. After a thorough evaluation, a Chinese Medicine Practitioner can select specific herbal formulae that will assist a clinical issue that is being treated with Acupuncture. This can enhance the overall effectiveness within the treatment protocol. For further information go to AACMA
Other types of therapy
Qualifications of an Acupuncturist
The title “Acupuncturist” is a protected title, however the word “Acupuncture” is not.
The title Acupuncturist is reserved to someone who has completed the highest level of training in Acupuncture, usually a 4-5 year Bachelor of Health Science degree, majoring in Acupuncture. This is different then “Dry Needling” although an Acupuncturist is trained in many of these techniques. Dry Needling requires a course, which is usually between 2 – 4 x days to complete.
The best way to know your getting true “Acupuncture” is to look for the protected title “Acupuncturist” or “Chinese Medicine Practitioner”. You can easily find this out by searching the “register of Practitioners” on AHPRA’s website, or ask your practitioner. “PHY” is given to physiotherapists for example, so this website clarifies the treatment modalities of each practitoner and what training they have completed.