Is acupuncture and Chinese medicine Safe?
Acupuncture is considered to be a low-risk treatment, with most common side effects reported being minor bruising. With this being said, it is important to remember that there are always risks associated with any form of treatment or intervention to the body. Rest assured that your practitioner at Ease Acupuncture is a fully qualified and registered practitioner of Acupuncture. In Australia this entails the completion of a 4 year bachelor degree and a minimum of 1,000 supervised clinical hours to ensure you are in the safest hands possible.
Does it hurt?
During your treatment you may feel a gentle pulling or aching sensation. This is very normal and many patients report this as a positive sensation that is actually quite relaxing. Acupuncture feels nothing like the needles you are used to receiving at the doctors or nurses office!
On occasion you may feel a momentary sting from the needle insertion but this is generally short lived and often assimilated to the feeling of gently pinching your own skin. If you ever feel uncomfortable or unable to relax, always inform Felicity so that she can adjust the needle to your comfort.
Is it covered by Private Health?
Yes. All treatments by Ease Acupuncture are claimable through your private health fund depending on your level of cover. Check with you health cover to clarify for your treatment.
Are you insured?
Yes. As required by the registration bodies in Australia, Felicity is insured for Healthcare Practitioners Liabilities Insurance (Professional Indemnity Insurance). Assuringly, the cost of insurance for Acupuncturist’s is rather low as treatment is recognised to have very few risks when practiced in the hands of a licensed acupuncturist.
Are you qualified?
Felicity has completed a Bachelor in Health Science (Acupuncture). This is a four year university level degree requiring a minimum of 1,000 hours practical clinical training.
What is the difference between Acupuncture + Dry needling?
Acupuncture is a branch of Chinese Medicine that encompasses assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of conditions. Acupuncturists are registered practitioners who have been required to complete a minimum of 1,000 hours of clinical training using needles.
Dry needling uses the same needles as acupuncture however the practice itself is extremely different. A dry needling course can be completed in a matter of weekends, with a lot less needling experience (often only around 12-24hrs).
Dry needling targets trigger points in the muscle to release tension and pain. It is often performed by physios, doctors, and other allied health professions. You can read more about the differences here.
Does Acupuncture work?
Yes. Whilst practised for thousands of years, medical research is now providing the evidence base to demonstrate the positive effects of acupuncture for a myriad of conditions. Is acupuncture effective for every condition? Not necessarily.
Like with any form of allied health treatment, every body responds differently. This may impact you own individual response to acupuncture, depending on your needs at the time. Acupuncture, like any medicine is dose dependent. For full benefits of your treatment, it is best to adhere to your practitioners recommendation of treatment regularity.
If you’re unsure whether acupuncture is the right treatment modality for you, it is best to get in touch with your local practitioner to discuss your symptoms.