Acupuncture is an ancient form of healing dating back thousands of years, originating in China. It involves the stimulation of specific points on the body to correct imbalances in the flow of Qi (pronounced Chi). Qi travels around the body in channels or meridians that connect to all of our internal organs. In a healthy state these meridians flow freely servicing all of our body, however if an illness or injury occurs, the natural flow becomes blocked or stagnant. The role of your Acupuncturist is to find the blockage or stagnation and correct it.At Ashgrove Vitality, Acupuncture is performed with surgical stainless steel ultra-fine filaments or needles. While each consultation lasts 60 minutes the filaments or needles are retained for only 25 minutes on average. Acupuncture can affect people differently, many patients report being so deeply relaxed that they sleep during their treatment, while others are energised.
Our patients include Doctors, Dentists, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Massage Therapists and Teachers as well as other Acupuncturists. Acupuncture is recommended for people of all ages. We have had patients from 5 months to 99 years! Treatments are painless for the most part and it works on everyone, despite your beliefs.
What Happens At A Typical Consultation
All of the Acupuncture appointments at Ashgrove Vitality are 1 hour. During your 1st consultation Tony will take a detailed account of your health complaint and relevant history. He will also perform tests to establish your range of movement and measure your pain or discomfort to monitor progress.
Your treatment will include Acupuncture, Massage and Structural Balancing (an interactive stretching technique) and finishes with exercises for you to do in between treatments. You may be prescribed herbs or specific nutrients for your recovery, depending on your case.
A lot of patients see immediate results, while others may experience a slower recovery; however this is usually linked to how established their complaint is. Initially, we recommend coming back fairly soon after your 1st visit. Tony recommends 3 treatments close together to maximise health benefits. After that the pace of treatments can extend to weekly or fortnightly depending on your recovery. Once the complaint is under control, a lot of patients prefer to adopt maintenance treatments (Wellness Club) as a prevention mechanism.
Important Information About Dry Needling
The term dry needling has become more popular in recent years; it is a term most commonly used by non-acupuncturists, such as Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists even Podiatrists. These therapists have not completed the full course of study in Traditional Chinese Medicine but rather complete courses sometimes as short of a single weekend.
Registered Acupuncturists complete a full time 4 year Acupuncture and Health Science degree and must be accredited by the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA) to practice Acupuncture. Registered, certified Acupuncturists do not use the term “dry needling.”
Ashgrove Vitality does not do Dry Needling.
Tony’s Qualifications and Associations
Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA ) member 30 years
Certified by Chinese Medicine Board of Australia
Initial Treatment …………… $105
Follow Up Treatments …… $ 85
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