Acupuncture FAQ

What happens during an acupuncture treatment?

Acupuncture therapy usually involves a series of weekly or biweekly treatments. Each visit typically includes an exam, an assessment of your current condition, and the application of needles. The first visit will typically last up to 60 minutes, and the follow-up visits generally last up to 20-40 minutes. 
 
Before the needles are placed, you’ll lie down on a comfortable surface.  Depending on where the needles are to go, you may lie face down, face up or on your side. Single-use sterile packaged needles will be used. You may feel a brief, sharp sensation when the needle is inserted, but generally, the procedure is not painful.

It is common, however, to feel a deep aching sensation when the needle reaches the correct depth. After placement, the needles are sometimes moved gently or stimulated. Rarely are there more than a few needles used during a session.

How can I get the most out of my treatments?

The positive effects of acupuncture begin at your first visit. As you progress through a course of acupuncture therapy, the level of symptom relief and the time period of increased improvement following each treatment will become more pronounced, until your body holds the changes on its own. It is important to be consistent with frequent visits at the beginning of care in order to build momentum and maintain the progress you make from visit to visit.

How many acupuncture treatments do I need?

While acute conditions may resolve within just a few visits, chronic conditions that have persisted for many years may take further treatments over a period of time to completely resolve. While some patients obtain quick relief from only a few treatments, most patients require 2-3 weeks of 2 visits per week to make significant changes, followed by weekly visits for 4-6 weeks to consolidate gains made and prevent relapse.

Is acupuncture treatment safe?

When performed by a nationally recognised acupuncturist, acupuncture is generally considered safe. Nationally recognised acupuncturists have at least four years of full-time university-level training.

How do I choose a practitioner?

Some healthcare practitioners offer acupuncture after completing a short course. However, the philosophy of acupuncture is complex, so you should only choose to consult and be treated by a nationally registered and recognised acupuncturist. Nationally recognised practitioners have at least four years of full-time university-level training.

Do I need a GP referral?

No, you don’t need a referral from your doctor to see an acupuncturist.

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If you suffer from any of the conditions listed (or you're suffering from something not listed yet), you may still be able to experience relief with Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. If you're unsure, if acupuncture is right for you, we'd be delighted to talk to you further. You can call the clinic on 9188 1560 or book an appointment via the form above.