Why Echidna Acupuncture?
Echidna Acupuncture & Natural Therapies is an integrated practice, focusing on your health and wellbeing. Our fully qualified and registered practitioners are skilled at facilitating healing and restoring balance. We are compassionate healers and are constantly perfecting our skills to create personalised treatments to meet your health and well-being goals.
When was the last time you felt fantastic?
Health is more than an absence of disease.
Wellness is a state of being mentally and physically balanced, energetic, and vital! We at Echidna Acupuncture can offer you powerful, all-natural solutions to support you to restore your health, become well and reclaim a balanced life.
Frequently Asked Questions
Learn How Acupuncture Works!
DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?
Acupuncture needles are so fine that most people do not feel them being inserted. In Japanese style acupuncture, our techniques are gentle, subtle and relaxing. Occasionally you may feel a sensation of heaviness, warmth or tingling at the location of needling or along the channel that is being treated. While the needles are in place most people feel deeply relaxed which usually continues after the treatment.
How can acupuncture help me?
Acupuncture is widely considered to be beneficial for a range of illnesses and symptoms, from clearly defined complaints to more general feelings of ill health and low energy. AHPRA only permits advertising for conditions which have undergone extensive research and have meet their requirements. The following list of conditions and symptoms in regard to acupuncture and herbal medicine is permitted under the National Law:
- Stress and fatigue
- Stress and fatigue related to some autoimmune disorders, in consultation with other treating health practitioners.
- Management of pain particularly muscular skeletal pain (e.g. back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain)
- Management of pain, fatigue and nausea related to many chronic diseases.
- Management of chronic pain related to depression.
- Pregnancy-related aches and pain
- Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
- Control of vomiting or nausea arising from chemotherapy.
- Fertility as an adjunct with IVF treatment
How many Treatments will I need?
That depends on your individual condition. At first your acupuncturist will normally ask to see you once a week. Treatment plans are usually between 4-6 weeks. You may start to feel benefits after the first or second treatment although long-standing and chronic conditions usually need more time to improve.
Once your health has stabilised you may like monthly maintenance treatments. Acupuncture is also very effective when used as preventive healthcare and many people like to go for a ‘grease and oil change’ regularly throughout the year.
I'm scared of needles, can i still have acupuncture?
Yes. Certain styles like Japanese acupuncture use needles that do not break the skin or are inserted extremely shallowly. Acupuncturists use many different techniques to treat people. Many of those techniques do not involve needles.
What should I do before or after Acupuncture?
Try not to have a large meal within an hour of your appointment as you may need to lie on your stomach. It is a good idea to wear loose-fitting, two-piece clothing so that the practitioner can palpate your abdomen and that acupuncture points on the lower limbs are easily accessible.
What will I feel after Acupuncture?
You are likely to feel relaxed and calm. You may experience an immediate, total or partial relief of pain or other symptoms. The relief may last or some of the pain may return.
In a few rare cases, the pain may seem even worse. This is called the rebound effect. Up to 48 hours later the rebound effect should disappear and a noticeable improvement be felt. Treatments have an accumulative effect, so one should see further improvement after each subsequent visit. Often the most dramatic results are experienced in the first treatment.
What is Japanese Acupuncture?
There are many styles of Japanese acupuncture. They all have in common an emphasis on touch during assessment and treatment. The needling techniques are subtle and gentle. During the treatment the practitioner is constantly checking for instant feedback results in the body by monitoring changes either in the pulse, or checking reduction of abdominal discomfort, or improvement in pain or tension. This way information about the effectiveness of the treatment can be gathered. Supporting techniques, such as moxibustion, laser or cupping are used to enhance the effects of acupuncture.
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