Acupuncture is traditionally associated for pain management in relation to back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, headaches and migraines. Chemotherapy patients also use acupuncture to treat the fatigue, pain, nausea and vomiting caused by their treatment.
An acupuncturist views pain as an energetic imbalance and is able to influence this imbalance by inserting very fine needles at certain points along channels called Acupoints in the body.
Heat treatment (called Moxibustion) or cupping may also be used by the acupuncturist as a means of pain management. Much research shows that acupuncture causes a release of endorphins - a natural painkiller produced by the human body.
Bliss Acupuncture are committed to providing effective pain management for our clients and ensure every client receives treatment that is focused on the individual and how your symptoms relate to one another.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture is a safe form of treatment if performed by a well-trained, conscientious practitioner who has a good knowledge of human anatomy and who uses single use sterile disposable needles.
Your ACI member is bound by a strict Code of Clinical Practice and is well aware of infectious and notifiable diseases and is obliged to take every measure to ensure your (and his/her) health.
However, inserting needles into the human body is an invasive technique and some Acupoints have the ability to cause harm to underlying anatomical structures, if you are in any doubt, ask the practitioner to justify his/her use and experience of these particular Acupoints and ask that an alternate Acupoint be selected if you are still uneasy.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect in my acupuncture appointment?
During your first acupuncture appointment, the practitioner will thoroughly question you about your health history and current state of health. The practitioner will then do a comprehensive intake, determining your condition and the primary goal of the appointment.
What should I do following acupuncture treatment?
When people ask me what they should and should not do after acupuncture, I usually tell them, “Be good to yourself.” Vague advice, but it’s what most recommendations for taking care of yourself after acupuncture come down to. Let your mind and body rest and try to avoid consuming alcohol or coffee. We also recommend applying heat to areas of the body which have been treated following your treatment.