Our environment, our inherited constitution, our lifestyle choices and habits can predispose and lead us to develop imbalances in our bodies which may adversely affect us physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Acupuncture ‘promotes the flow’, helping to restore balance to our body. It does this in part by actively replenishing deficient energy, by promoting circulation but importantly by relaxing the overactive thinking mind thereby allowing the body’s own intelligence to come to the fore.
Acupuncture Treatments Available At First Light Healthcare
Our acupuncture specialist Roy Mumford at First Light Healthcare has a Master of Acupuncture, is a qualified and accredited acupuncturist, masseur and herbalist, with over 28 years clinical practice and experience in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Acupuncture is one such strategy.
He has worked in the treatment of addictions for the last 14 years and has successfully treated a variety of health complaints in clinic over his career.
Acupuncture Can Effectively Treat a Broad Range of Health Problems
Acupuncture is profoundly relaxing and can alleviate the acute symptoms of anxiety by relaxing the nervous system and easing tension. It drops the body down into its ‘true resting state’.
This essentially relaxes both the mind and the body.
From this ‘resting state’ we can move back into the world in a different, more relaxed space that over time, with treatment, becomes more stable and long lasting. Even occasional sessions can be used to lessen or eliminate a state of anxiety we may find ourselves in.
Acupuncture uses points that can address the symptoms as well as treat the underlying cause of many sleep disorders. There are specific patterns according to Traditional Chinese medicine that lead to sleep disorders. The interplay between the internal responses of our body to external factors we are exposed to can lead to both acute and chronic disturbances of normal sleep patterns.
Acupuncture can directly address the body imbalances whilst lifestyle advice and guidance can often help identify and alter external factors that negatively impact sleep.
Both chronic and acute back pain can respond well to acupuncture treatment.
Acupuncture promotes a circulatory response that can release muscular tension and spasm that often causes or accompanies back pain.
This improved or normalised circulation increases the structural ability of the supportive tissues, the muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Good circulation irrigates, nourishes and lubricates these important tissues that provide much of the structural integrity of the back.
A distinctly Traditional Chinese Medical concept of ‘tonifying the yang’ is often incorporated into treatment. Yang is not a substance like blood, rather it is an energy with a close association with the spine. Specifically it has an ascending directional flow and is responsible in part for maintaining an upright posture.
Depression is often a part of a stagnation pattern according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Rather than a free flow of thoughts and feelings, these vital processes are said to be blocked and obstructed.
Theses unexpressed thoughts and feelings can then negativity impact one’s quality of life if severe or prolonged.
Often there will initially be irritability and periodic outbursts of anger can result. Irritability is the feeling of this obstructed energy, of our life’s flow being impeded, our plans thwarted. Anger is the sudden and abrupt, upward and outward movement of this same energy.
Feelings of depression are when this same stagnant energy ‘implodes’ collapsing inward and downward.
The individual’s energy can determine which pattern predominates. A robust person is likely to exhibit the more frustrated and angry responses whereas the deficient person often exhibits the depressive.
Acupuncture treatment aims to correctly diagnose the underlying pattern and formulate appropriate treatment in response.
Musculoskeletal tension and pain
There are many sayings that guide treatment protocols. One of the most often recalled is that, ‘All pain arises from stagnation’.
This means that an absence of free-flowing circulation can be the underlying cause of pain.
Muscular tension arising from mental emotional stress, too sedentary a posture, repeating too repetitive a task, injury, or a combination of all these, often underlies pain in our external body.
Promoting the flow, resolving a stagnation pattern by establishing a circulatory response, relaxing tense musculature is something acupuncture does very well.
Fatigue can also be effectively treated with a course of acupuncture.
Fatigue is said to be due to one of two causes.
One is true deficiency where the bodies energy is weak, often due to lifestyle factors such as poor dietary habits, sleep disturbance and overwork.
The other main causative factor is stagnation. In this pattern there is sufficient energy present in the body but a blockage or stagnation pattern prevents its free flowing of circulation hence one feels fatigued.
They are distinguished by the individual’s response to exertion.
A true deficiency is worsened by activity as a depleted state is exacerbated by energy expenditure. In contrast a stagnation pattern responds positively to activity as the associated movement increases circulation liberating blocked energy.
Once distinguished a course of acupuncture treatment can directly address the specific underlying cause.
It should be noted that both causes can coexist with one being predominant at any given time.
Acupuncture is very effective at treating functional digestive problems.
These include but are not limited to pain, reflux, lack of or excessive hunger.
There is a strong focus on digestion in Traditional Chinese medicine as it is one of the most important daily supports for our body’s health and well-being.
It supplies the body with its day to day energy and is a habitual, cyclical need that we can exert direct influence over.
Acupuncture Questions and Answers
What is it acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine, single use needles into specific points on the body to treat disease.
Acupuncture is one of the core therapies of the 5000 year old healing art known as Traditional Chinese Medicine. The insertion of acupuncture needles elicits specific therapeutic effects determined by the location of the point and its characteristics.
These acupuncture point characteristics have been observed recorded and categorised over millennia. Acupuncture is often combined with therapeutic massage, cupping (suction cups applied to tight and sore muscle groups) and Moxa (the application of heat to specific points)
What conditions can be treated with acupuncture?
Most health conditions can benefit from Acupuncture.
In clinical practice Roy focuses on the treatment of chronic degenerative conditions. These often respond well as part of an overall management strategy that can bring in a number of modalities to improve the patient’s quality of life.
How long does it-take for acupuncture to work? Are acupuncture results immediate?
The specific health problem the patient presents with, it’s severity and duration will determine how quickly and how effective acupuncture treatment is.
A simple guide is that one month’s treatment of one or two sessions per week is required for every year a problem has been present.
After an initial more intensive period of treatment sessions then become less frequent as a part of an ongoing preventative maintenance strategy.
What type of needles are used-in acupuncture?
Acupuncture needles are nothing like needles used in conventional injections.
Acupuncture needles are much finer, solid sterile stainless steel, and are used only once before disposal.