What we Treat - Acupuncture
The combination of physiotherapy and acupuncture is very effective
What is acupuncture?
It is the insertion of needles into the skin and muscle layer below. The needles are very thin - the size of a cat's whisker. We only use disposable needles and are registered with the NZ Blood Service.
We use a combination of the Western approach to acupuncture which is based on western concepts of anatomy and physiology, and Traditional acupuncture, which is based on Chinese theories of energy balancing.
The Western interpretation is based on the nervous system. Local blood supply is increased to the injured, weak or painful area, which helps promote healing, and remove pain-causing chemicals via the blood flow. A reaction is also achieved in the central nervous system [the spinal cord and the brain], enhancing the movement of certain chemicals and hormones.
Traditional acupuncture was developed by the Chinese over 3000 years ago. It is based on regulating the body's Qi (pronounced "chee"), or "life energy," which flows in the body along pathways called meridians. Acupuncture points can be opened like gates to balance and harmonize the flow of Qi, relieving pain and many other symptoms.
What you can expect?
The needle insertion may feel like a quick pinch. Once the needle is inserted, the feelings may vary - sometimes there is a deep ache, a mild tingling or a warmth which are all sensations of the energy or Qi moving.
The needles are left in for up to 30 minutes. The first session may be short and fewer needles may be used. If you have any concerns during the session the needles can be removed at any time.
The number of treatments required depends on the severity and duration of the symptoms being treated. Sometimes just a couple of sessions is needed, though it may take up to 8 sessions [according to the latest research in Sweden] before the effectiveness of the treatment is evident and clear treatment goals can be established. Sessions are usually once to twice a week at the start and then spaced out.
Conditions commonly treated:
  • acute [recent] and chronic [long-standing] injuries/conditions
  • back and neck pain
  • muscle and joint problems
  • nerve pain
  • arthritis and rheumatism
  • headaches
  • sports injuries
  • Bell's palsy
  • nausea
  • scars & rashes
  • shingles
  • swelling
  • women's health
It is essential to eat before the acupuncture treatment sessions

Women's Health Acupuncture:
  • night sweats
  • hot flushes
  • poor sleep
  • restoring lost energy
It may only take 2 - 3 sessions for there to be a change.
Period Pain and PMS:
  • period pain
  • PMS
Long standing period pain and/or PMS will require treatment over a much longer period of time.
  • Morning sickness
  • Sacro-iliac pain
  • Pelvic girdle pain
Bladder/Bowel Problems:
  • Painful conditions
  • Muscle stimulation
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome [PCOS]:
There is documented evidence to show acupuncture is very effective in the treatment of PCOS and especially when combined with exercise, which your physiotherapist can guide you on.
It is essential to eat before the acupuncture treatment sessions

When making an appointment ensure you request Women's Health acupuncture so you are booked in with the appropriate physiotherapist.