Acupuncture has been used as a therapeutic treatment for the health of the Chinese people for over 3000 years. Doctors and Physiotherapists are now using it widely in New Zealand.
It involves the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points to treat a variety of illnesses, injuries or diseases.
Conditions that may be assisted include:
Traditional Chinese Acupuncturists utilise the Taoist philosophies of Yin and Yang - that the balance of energy in the body is vital to normal health. They treat the body holistically, using the pulses and the tongue to diagnose the patient and the insertion of needles along the meridian planes.
Western Acupuncture relies on the practitioner's western medical diagnosis. The practitioner uses their anatomical knowledge of the position of the nerves to select acupuncture points to treat pain and restore homeostasis to the nervous system.
Acupuncture is not as painful as most patients expect it to be. A needle is inserted till a "Chi sensation is felt" a tingling or often warm heavy sensation that can spread away from the area of the needle. This is the nervous system being influenced by the stimulation.Needles are left in place for between 10 seconds (for muscle spasm/trigger point treatment) and 10-20 minutes for standard treatments. Many patients are now seeking acupuncture to avoid using pain medication. It appears to be effective in 80% of cases and the pain relief effect can be cumulative. It has few side effects - mainly sleepiness after treatment.
Physiotherapists at Prohealth are members of the Physiotherapy Acupuncture Association of New Zealand, and practice the highest standards of safety and hygiene, including the use of disposable needles.
Registered Physiotherapy Acupuncturist denotes advanced training in acupuncture.
We would be happy to talk to you further about acupuncture.
The following medical articles give more in-depth review of acupuncture treatment (click title to view)
The following websites may also be of interest
We have patient pamphlets available at reception for you.
Before you consider treatment you might like to consider the following:
Please read this information carefully, and ask your practitioner if there is anything that you do not understand.
Acupuncture is a form of therapy in which fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body. Some physiotherapists also use a smouldering herb called 'moxa' to warm these points, or an electrical stimulator on the end of the needles.
Acupuncture is generally very safe. Serious side effects are very rare - less than one per 10,000 treatments.
You need to be aware that:
In addition, there are particular risks that apply in your case, your physiotherapist will discuss these with you.
Apart from the usual medical details, it is important that you let your physiotherapist know:
Single-use, sterile, disposable needles are used in the clinic.
All physiotherapists practicing acupuncture at Prohealth are members of the Physiotherapy Acupuncturists Association of New Zealand and maintain the highest standards of practice and ongoing education.