10 things you should know about acupuncture

  1. Acupuncture is an ancient technique with an oriental heritage, but today it is practised all over the world.
  2. To practice acupuncture in Australia you must have a bachelor degree in acupuncture and you must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  3. Acupuncture differs from dry needling in many ways, however one primary difference is that after the needles are inserted, they are left in place for around 20-minutes. In dry needling, the needles are left in place for between 30-seconds and 2-minutes. Acupuncture needling is generally more gentle than dry needling techniques.
  4. The needles used for acupuncture are single use only and are very fine, not much thicker than a hair!
  5. Acupuncture can be used to aid in relieving pain and stiffness.
  6. Acupuncture can help treat many other conditions including headaches, digestive disorders and women’s health issues.
  7. Acupuncture and massage can be used together in a single session. Both techniques are part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practice.
  8. Other painful conditions that may benefit from acupuncture are tennis elbow, arthritis and sprains.
  9. Facial acupuncture may also reduce signs of ageing.
  10. Additionally, most people find acupuncture very relaxing!

If you think that acupuncture could benefit you or would like some further information, please feel free to book a Traditional Chinese Medicine consultation with our experienced practitioner, Lee Christison or contact Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre reception on:

Dry needling for headaches

Many factors in our day-to-day lives cause tension in the body. Whether it’s poor posture from slouching, carrying a heavy bag on your shoulder or sitting for long periods in a car or at an incorrectly set-up desk.

Headaches can often result from this tension, due to the tightness of muscles in the shoulders, neck and base of your skull. Within tight muscles, we find knots, often referred to as trigger points. Trigger points are ball-like areas of tightness found within tight muscles that can refer pain into your head, causing what we then experience as a headache.

Dry needling is a fantastic technique that may help reduce headache pain and also improve range of movement inhibited by tight muscles.

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What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

With a history stretching back thousands of years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a unique system of healthcare that can be applied to all manifestations of illness and disease. Although an ancient system, it has continually evolved along with the causes of many illnesses. Today much empirical Western scientific research is being undertaken to better understand the mechanisms and efficacy of TCM from a Western viewpoint, with positive results.

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