Your Gateway to Health
Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is a truly holistic system; it takes into account the mind-body connection.
With an awareness of stress and emotions manifesting as physical ailments, Acupuncturists can address the true root of chronic pain and disease.
Fine, single-use needles are inserted into various points along the body's meridians to regulate the flow of Qi (energy), restoring balance and promoting optimal health.
Acupuncture is used as a treatment for a wide range of ailments. The following are just a few examples of ones that I have found respond well:
Physical pain (eg. sciatica, neck pain, headaches).
Mental Health (Anxiety and Depression)
Digestive irregularities (eg. constipation, IBS)
Irregular menstruation (PMS, Endometriosis)
What to expect from your first visit:
In order to determine a treatment protocol and acupuncture point prescription, I start with a detailed consultation where we talk about your general health, medical history, diet and lifestyle, emotional health, sleep patterns and (if applicable) your menstrual cycle.
The initial consultation will take approximately 15 minutes. Following the consultation, you will receive the acupuncture treatment. The acupuncture needles will stay in for 30-45 minutes during which time you will be lying down on a treatment table and relaxing. If you are receiving treatment for pain management, I will probably use an infra red heat lamp to help relax the muscles and reduce inflammation. You can choose to listen to relaxing music during your session, and/or receive some reiki or sound healing while the needles are in (see page on integrated healing).
I am a registered Acupuncturist and a Member of The Acupuncture Foundation Professional Association. There is a wealth of information on the AFPA website, if you would like to learn more about Acupuncture.
If you have private health insurance, you may be able to claim back a proportion of your treatment costs.