FAQ

DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?

Generally speaking, no.

Some people may feel a slight sting on insertion of the needle, which passes quickly.

Some also feel sensations such as tingling, dull ache or movement at the location of the needle or up and down the area the needle has been inserted.

This is all perfectly normal.

Other people feel nothing at all, which is also perfectly normal.

The effectiveness of an acupuncture treatment is not dependent on the sensation you feel from the needle.

In all cases, however, if at any stage you feel uncomfortable or in pain, let your therapist know so they can assist and make you comfortable.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS DO I NEED?

The number of treatments will be determined by your therapist upon consultation.

HOW FAR DO THE NEEDLES GO IN?

In most cases not very far at all.

Most commonly the needles go through the skin and into the soft tissue or muscles just below the skin with the depth varying between a couple of millimetres to 1-2 centimetres.

When addressing problems where there are large muscles as in the hips the needles may need to be inserted further to reach the affected or problematic tissue.

DO YOU RE-USE THE NEEDLES?

No, we do not.

All needles are individually sterilised and sealed until use, they are then disposed of immediately after treatment in a needle disposal unit.  Prior to a needle being inserted by your acupuncturist, your skin will also be swabbed with a small alcohol wipe.

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS TO ACUPUNCTURE?

Acupuncture is considered to be very safe and side effects are very rare.

Some patients may experience redness or itching at the site of needle insertion.

Occasionally, bruising may appear the following day.

Some patients may experience a temporary increase in discomfort that will disappear within 6-48 hours.

If you have any concerns please contact us at any time.

HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER MY ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT?

Everybody responds to Acupuncture differently, however the main sensation people comment on is a feeling of relaxation during the treatment and increased energy and wellbeing after the treatment.

Generally you will feel less pain and discomfort, and may have better movement.

It is not uncommon to feel tired after a treatment. In some instances, you may feel nothing initially, however in the following days, changes may be noticed.

Acupuncture is not a “miracle” treatment and conditions are not “cured” immediately.

It may take a few treatments to notice any major changes not just to your condition, but with your overall health and wellbeing.

I HAD NEEDLES AT MY PHYSIOTHERAPIST’S Chiropractor, Osteopath, and Massage therapist etc – ISN’T THAT THE SAME AS ACUPUNCTURE?

No it is not.

Unless the physiotherapist you saw is a registered Acupuncturist with the Chinese Medicine Registration Board of Australia, you did not receive Acupuncture.

What is most likely is that you received dry needling.

Dry needling was originally developed in Western based methodologies using hypodermic needles (known as wet needling), but as patients undergoing this treatment method found these needles to be very painful, practitioners switched to using the solid stainless steel acupuncture needles instead.

Practitioners who utilise dry needling use acupuncture needles, but do not use the underlying Chinese Medicinal theories behind acupuncture to provide a holistic treatment, as dry needling is insertion of a needle only into the point ‘where it hurts’, typically only providing short term relief.

CAN I GET A HEALTH FUND REBATE?

All of our therapists are fully qualified and are members of either The Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association or The Australian Traditional Medicine Society.

We are covered by all health funds.

You will need to check with your fund if you are entitled to rebates for either acupuncture or massage.

In most instances you will be able to claim on the spot for your treatment, however check with reception regarding which funds are supported by ISOFT (another health rebate system that works just like HICAPS).