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Acupuncture – What’s that about?

With its roots firmly in China, history records the first use of acupuncture about 2500 years ago. Since that time it has been refined and developed and taken up by many countries around China, including Japan, Korea and Vietnam.

Australia has embraced the use of acupuncture for musculoskeletal treatments but it can also be used to manage a wide variety of health presentations. Acupuncture treats patterns of disharmony in the body and in so doing assists the body to regain balance and equilibrium, thereby giving relief for many conditions, especially where there is pain. The WHO have published a full list of conditions and symptoms for which acupuncture has been proven in clinical trials to be an effective treatment.
Details can be found here: http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/pdf/s4926e/s4926e.pdf

Contemporary acupuncture is used as a complete health care system and may be combined with herbal medicines or nutritional treatments. Because of its ‘drug free’ nature it is also a popular adjunct to medical treatment when people on pharmaceutical medications are wanting additional assistance with resolving a condition or managing pain.

Japanese Style acupuncture uses many points in common with traditional Chinese acupuncture but the technique is much more gentle. This is due to the development and refinement of skills and also due to a long tradition of blind acupuncturists in Japan who have brought a further level of sensitivity of touch to their work and influenced other practitioners. This type of practice involves a case history and diagnosis of the abdomen (hara) by palpation, in addition to the traditional tongue and pulse diagnosis as used in Chinese Medicine acupuncture. The technique relies on feedback from the client; what hurts, what has changed, to indicate the efficacy of the treatment while it is in progress and the immediacy of response means that the client is more likely to leave a treatment feeling considerably better already.

Scalp acupuncture is a more recent innovation within acupuncture, linking current knowledge of neurology with acupuncture techniques. This method is used to help manage a variety of central nervous system disorders including post stroke rehabilitation.

Registered Acupuncturist Elena Williams uses traditional acupuncture techniques, Japanese style and Scalp acupuncture and has most recently trained in specific pain management techniques from the Tung style of acupuncture.

Acupuncturist Elena Williams

Acupuncturist Elena Williams

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