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Acupuncture’s Health Benefits

The traditional Chinese practice of Acupuncture has gained a considerable amount of popularity due to evidence that it can be beneficial for individuals dealing with various health conditions in Western culture and worldwide.

Pain Relief

The modality of Acupuncture itself involves the insertion of thin needles into the skin. This in turn stimulates the nerves, muscles, and connective tissues throughout the body. As these body tissues are engaged individuals experience positive effects like pain relief and alleviation of tension and stress. For these and other similar reasons, acupuncture is considered a form of complementary or alternative medicine (CAM).

Typical Acupuncture Treatment Course

It’s important to understand that one acupuncture session does NOT usually result in total and complete pain relief. One or two sessions a week for five to six weeks is an example of a typical treatment course. When followed, such a course of acupuncture treatments often helps create longer-lasting pain relief than single treatments. Your physician will discuss how many treatments you should have and how often you should have them.

Acupuncture can be beneficial in the following cases:

  • It is a very safe procedure when performed by qualified acupuncturists
  • There are very few side effects
  • It can be effectively combined with other treatments
  • It can help relieve certain types of pain
  • It may help patients for whom pain medications are not suitable
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How does Acupuncture work for pain relief?

As we mentioned earlier, acupuncture can help with pain relief by stimulating the sensory nerves in your skin and muscles. This leads to your body producing endorphins, which are natural pain relievers.

Deciding On The Style Treatment

Every acupuncturist has their own unique style, and they often blend Eastern and Western approaches to medicine. To work out the best acupuncture treatment for you, your practitioner might ask you about your pain symptoms, habits, and lifestyle.

They could also take a close look at the parts of your body that are painful, the shape of your tongue, the colour of your face, and the strength and rhythm of your pulse.

Getting Into The Treatment Session

Once we've got all that information, our practitioner will get started with the treatment. Sometimes the best acupuncture points for you might be far away from the area of your pain. A typical treatment involves 5 to 20 needles being inserted at different depths. You might feel a mild ache when the needle reaches the right depth.

Our qualified practitioners might use heat, gentle electric pulses, or twirl the needles to reach your Qi. The needles will usually stay in place for 10 to 15 minutes while you relax. There's usually no discomfort when the needles are taken out.

Feeling Things Out After a Session

After a series of acupuncture sessions like this, people often feel more relaxed and fuller of energy. They're able to better manage their health and the chronic pains they've been suffering from by undergoing a natural therapy - acupuncture.

Acupuncture can effectively help individuals deal with the following conditions:

  • Headaches, migraines
  • Jaw pain
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Rotator cuff tendinitis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Low back pain
  • Bulging or herniated discs
  • Hip pain
  • Elbow pain
  • RSI extremity pain
  • Wrist pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Knee pain
  • Pulled hamstring muscle
  • Ankle sprain
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Foot pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Postherpetic neuralgia
  • Post-cancer treatment for joint pain
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Natural Painkillers

Traditional Chinese herbal medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force. Many Western practitioners view acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and tissue connectivity. Some believe that this stimulation boosts your body’s natural painkillers as stated before.

Helping Reduce Pain

Acupuncture is used mainly to help decrease the discomfort associated with a variety of diseases and conditions, including Chemotherapy-induced and postoperative nausea and vomiting, dental pain and back pain. Other conditions acupuncture may help with include:

  • Tension headaches like migraines
  • Labour pains
  • Lower back and neck pains
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Menstrual cramps pains syndromes

In other words, it is stated that acupuncture is considered an alternative treatment option for various types of chronic pains, and chronic tension-type headaches. It is also implemented to assist in the treatment of various other musculoskeletal conditions like joint pain and dental pain.

Things to consider before planning an acupuncture treatment for pain

Choosing the right professionals to treat your chronic pains is crucial when it comes to Chinese acupuncture. Make sure your acupuncture practitioners have the right skill set and the experience to treat your health. With Ponsonby Wellness Clinic, you are in safe hands. We have a century’s worth of experience in treating various medical conditions with the right accredited team by our side.

Safe During Pregnancy?

Undergoing acupuncture treatments while pregnant is generally safe. It is, however, important to let your acupuncturist know that you’re expecting, as some acupuncture points can’t be used safely during pregnancy, according to medical professionals. Check out Ponsonby Wellness Centre’s pregnant women health care treatments where we treat your discomforts naturally with traditional Chinese medicine.

Consulting With Your Doctor

If you have any bleeding disorders like haemophilia, or if you're taking anticoagulant medication, it is a good idea to talk to your healthcare provider before having acupuncture.

Be Aware of Existing Allergies

If you have any allergies to metal or an infection in the area where needles might be inserted, it's not recommended for you to have an acupuncture treatment.

Be Open With Your Acupuncturist

It's advisable to bring up any of these health conditions during your first appointment with your acupuncturist so that we can provide you with the most suitable yet, safest treatment to relieve any of your chronic pains and discomforts.

Acupuncture for Sports Injuries

Playing sports is a great way to stay active and keep your body healthy. You can maintain a healthy lifestyle by participating in sports. Acupuncture, a natural remedy, can help in recovery from any sports-related injuries that may come your way.

Some common sports injuries include:

  • Ankle sprain
  • Groin pull
  • Hamstring strain
  • Shin splints
  • Knee injury: ACL tear
  • Knee injury: Patellofemoral syndrome — injury resulting from the repetitive movement of your kneecap against your thigh bone
  • Tennis elbow (epicondylitis)
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Years of Experience Helping Athletes

We have years of experience treating sports injuries like these. Our clinic has a successful record of relieving the pain of many patients who are:

  • Sailors
  • Rugby players
  • Basketball players
  • Football players
  • Tennis players
  • Competitive swimmers
  • Runners
  • Golfers
  •  Cricket players
  • Bicyclists
  • Snow skiers
  • Mountain climbers
  • Weekend hikers with aches, pains and sprains

In 2021, Ponsonby Wellness Centre organized a golf tournament in Auckland intending to educate golfers on how to look after their bodies during sports and promote a healthier lifestyle.

Acupuncture For Weight Loss

Acupuncture for weight loss is also a developing and evolving use case. The natural practice of acupuncture can be used in a variety of ways, not only in helping individuals recover from injury, and aid in treating certain conditions, but also managing their body weight.

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