How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture works by inserting fine, single use, sterilised needles into different points in the body, namely, acupoints. Acupoints have different functions in the body, including promoting circulation, reducing stress, increasing energy levels, reducing pain etc. The insertion of needles into these acupoints activates their allocated functions.
The efficacy of acupuncture is highly dependent on the accuracy of the Chinese Medicine diagnosis, which is performed in the initial consultation. During this consultation, a registered Chinese Medicine practitioner conducts a holistic assessment, which includes asking questions about the main complaint, general lifestyle (i.e. sleep, digestion, stress levels), observing the tongue, and feeling the pulse.
All of the acupuncturists at Back On Your Feet are registered and qualified Chinese Medicine practitioners and provide the best services possible to all of their patients.
2. Is Acupuncture painful?
No. However, there are occasions when the acupuncturists have to stimulate the needle (i.e. rotate the needle when inserted) in order to elicit a therapeutic effect. When stimulating the needle, patients have reported that they generally feel a dull ache.
At Back On Your Feet, one of the acupuncturists, Jeannie Kim, provides Japanese acupuncture, which is the most gentle technique and does not involve stimulating needles. This treatment style is best suited for people who are anxious about needles.
3. Do we reuse needles?
No. Back On Your Feet complies with the guideline stated by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), which strictly states that “Acupuncture needles…must be single-use, pre-sterilised and be disposed of immediately after use”
4. I had dry needling before. Is this the same as Acupuncture?
Dry needling and Acupuncture use the same tools, i.e. sterilised, fine, stainless steel needles. However, the theory behind each approach is very different. Dry needling involves the active release of trigger points in any muscle region in order to reduce pain or tension. In contrast, Acupuncture treatments are based on a Chinese Medicine theory based approach (see “How does Acupuncture work?”)
5. What should I expect in my first acupuncture consultation and treatment?
The registered practitioners at Back On Your Feet will perform a thorough Chinese Medicine assessment. This involves asking questions about your main complaint as well as about your general lifestyle, including diet, stress levels, sleep routine, menstrual cycle, energy levels, etc. Part of the assessment also includes observing the tongue, feeling your pulse, and palpating acupoints and/or abdominal cavity. This allows the practitioner to have a deep understanding of the internal processes that are occurring in your body, and therefore obtain an accurate diagnosis. They will then provide you with some feedback of their diagnosis, advice, and treatment protocol. Once the consultation has concluded, they will provide you with a relaxing 20 minute acupuncture treatment. The duration of the consultation and treatment is 1.5 hours. Back On Your Feet also provides consultation only sessions at a duration of 1 hour, which is suitable for those who have time limitations.
6. Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is safe if it is carried out by a registered and qualified Acupuncturist. Acupuncture is also safe for pregnant women.
7. Are there any side effects from Acupuncture?
Yes, there can be side effects from acupuncture, but these side effects are temporary and rarely last beyond a week. Common side effects include bruising, dizziness and tiredness. To reduce the potential side effects of dizziness or tiredness, we do recommend you to come in with a full stomach (i.e. please consume a meal 1 hour prior to your appointment)
8. How many treatments do I need?
The number of treatments required varies depending on the condition, expectations of the treatment outcome, and patient compliance.
Generally, if your main concern is acute (i.e. started less than six months ago), then it can take anywhere between two and up to six weekly treatments for you to feel significantly better. If your main concern is chronic (i.e. started more than six months ago), then it can take anywhere between six and twelve weekly treatments. The Acupuncturists at Back On Your Feet will provide you with a more detailed and realistic treatment outcome after the initial consultation.
9. What type of quality needle do we use?
The Acupuncturists at Back On Your Feet use the highest quality of acupuncture needles available. These needles are sterilised, stainless steel, and single use only, which complies with the NHMRC standards.
10. Are Acupuncture treatments health fund rebatable?
Yes, the Acupuncturists at Back On Your Feet are registered with most health fund companies. Please also check with your health insurance company first to make sure that you have acupuncture listed as part of your policy.
11. Is there anything I should bring to my appointment?
Please ensure that you bring your health insurance card with you at every appointment. Should you forget to bring your health insurance card, then we ask that you pay the full amount and we can issue you a receipt to claim later on.
Please also bring any relevant scans or blood test results to your first consultation.