Acupuncture is an ancient system of medicine originated in China, where it has been practised for thousands of years.
Classical Acupuncture is the insertion of needles along the meridians, or energetic pathways, located at various points on the body. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) tends to focus more on the physical body, its presenting symptoms and their underlying causes, using a diagnostic pattern to identify any yin-yang and Qi imbalances. TCM is the most commonly practised style of acupuncture in the present day.
Fine, stainless steel needles are inserted into specific points on the body to assist in pain relief, healing and general well-being. Needles are pre-sterilised, disposable and for single use. A number of needles may be used at each treatment and these are typically left in place for up to 30 minutes before being removed, depending on the response required. A needle is manipulated until it connects with a person’s Qi (energy or life force) which may be felt as tingling, heaviness, warmth, numbness or a deep ache sensation, either at the point or along the channel.
Alongside acupuncture, other techniques may be employed such as electroacupuncture, acupressure, moxibustion and cupping.
Chrissie’s main passion is Five Element Acupuncture, which is a very ancient style practised for thousands of years in South East Asia. As well as physical symptoms, Five Element focuses on the spirit and emotions and how they pertain to the Five Phases or Seasons (Spring, Summer, Late Summer (Harvest), Autumn and Winter). This system focuses more on the person’s general constitution assessing colour, sound, emotion and odour.
Your first appointment:
After filling in a consent form, your first TCM appointment is an hour long, to allow Chrissie to understand your full health history, including all past and present conditions. She will also discuss other contributing lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, lifestyle and your emotional health. She will go through a TCM process of diagnosis including inspection, auscultation, olfaction, inquiry and palpation. Chrissie will then discuss your treatment plan with you based on her findings, and begin treatment on your first appointment.
If your Acupuncture appointment is in conjunction with your Physiotherapist, we will discuss your injury, any issues and your treatment plan together. Chrissie will do an appropriate treatment based on your injury and any goals. You have the option of discussing more of a TCM approach to your general health and wellbeing at any point if you wish to.
Common conditions that Chinese acupuncture can help:
Acupuncture and TCM is a complete health and wellbeing system. Most ailments, no matter how insignificant, would benefit from a course of acupuncture.
- Pain (Acute or chronic)
- Headaches, Migraines
- Digestive problems
- Pregnancy related issues
- Hormonal issues