What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture has a history dating back over 2000 years, making it one of the oldest healing practices in the world. It uses very fine needles that are painlessly inserted in different areas of the body to help restore balance and reduce pain. Other modalities that are typically also employed alongside acupuncture include heat therapy, cupping and massage.
Does acupuncture hurt? Are there any side effects?
Does acupuncture work?
What is the difference between acupuncture and dry needling?
How many sessions will I need? How long will it take to work?
Most people will notice some sort of change after the first session, though for some it may take a bit longer. In general though, the longer you have had a condition for, the longer the course of treatment.
Acupuncture works cumulatively, so the benefits you get will increase as you get more treatments. But how long this may take in an individual case is hard to tell before the initial consult. If you would like to discuss your particular situation, feel free to get in touch.
Can I exercise after acupuncture?
Going out for a walk after an acupuncture session can be very beneficial, but vigorous exercise should be done before the session, or save it for the next day.
What should I wear?
Loose comfortable clothing is preferable, but if you’ve just come straight from work, don’t worry. You’ll have an opportunity to change and prepare as needed.
Is acupuncture covered by Medicare or private health insurance?
Unfortunately, acupuncture is not covered by Medicare as yet. But most private health insurance funds (such as Bupa, Australian Unity, Medibank, etc) will cover acupuncture with Extras cover. Check with your insurer if you are not sure. We have a HiCaps machine, so if you have your benefits card with you, you will be able to claim your rebate at the end of your session.