What is Orthopaedic Acupuncture?
Orthopaedic Acupuncture is a specialised branch of acupuncture designed to specifically address musculoskeletal problems, sports injuries and pain and mobility issues. It is effective for back and neck pain, shoulder pain, hip or sciatic pain, knee pain, wrist or ankle pain and more.
It utilises a variety of techniques including acupuncture (needle insertion), spinal acupuncture, vacuum cupping, electro acupuncture (electrically stimulating inserted needles), meridian stretching and massage. It can bring fast relief from pain and effectively stimulates the bodies natural healing response. In addition to the musculoskeletal benefits, the treatment also brings relief from stress and a deep sense of relaxation is often achieved.
To provide the maximum benefit, your practitioner will supplement your treatment with acupuncture points that support your general health. A course of treatments will be prescribed to help you get the most out of the therapy and you may need to make some postural and lifestyle changes to maximize and maintain the results. Your practitioner will discuss this with you and make the necessary recommendations.
How does Orthopaedic Acupuncture work?
Orthopaedic Acupuncture works by communicating with the fascial connective tissues of muscles and joints, and the nervous system that supports them. These structures together form the basis of what Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) calls the meridians. The meridians are like channels arranged in pairs (bilaterally) and are accessed by specific points along their length, which connect to the underlying fascia. This is where the needles are inserted.
Acupuncture theory maps these acupuncture points to specific tissues, organs and functions within the body, and when activated by acupuncture needles, they can have profound effects. The effects are further amplified with techniques such as electro-acupuncture. Your practitioner has expert knowledge of how to use these points to address disorders of the musculoskeletal system.
According to TCM theory, any stagnation or congestion within the meridians can be a cause of disease or dysfunction. The techniques used in Orthopaedic Acupuncture are designed to remove this stagnation or congestion, and encourage the free flowing of the vital substances, in particular blood and Qi. This has the effect of relieving pain and improving circulation and supporting healing of surrounding tissues.
How long does an Orthopaedic Acupuncture Treatment take?
Your practitioner will need to do an initial consultation with you to gather information relevant to your presenting condition. We will usually take a Bioenergetic body field scan, so that we can get a more complete picture of your overall health. This may also point us towards underlying causes of your symptoms. You may be asked to complete some forms (online) to provide in advance or bring with you to your appointment. This initial appointment will take approximately 2 hours and includes your first Orthopaedic Acupuncture. Subsequent treatments will take approximately 60 minutes, although complicated cases may take a little longer. Your practitioner will advise you of how many sessions your condition will be likely to need and may provide you with home treatment advice for you to follow between appointments.
Is there anything I should do before my treatment?
Yes, it’s important to eat within 2 hours before coming for treatment (although its wise not to eat a really heavy meal). Please take any medication as usual. Please do not consume any alcohol as we will be unable to treat you.
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