Chinese Medicine Acupuncture

Acupuncture at Beachbox Physiotherapy is primarily Chinese medicine acupuncture.  This is a holistic approach which involves understanding the body’s normal function and disease processes as viewed from the Chinese medicine perspective.  Pain and illness are seen as signs that the body is out of balance and the aim of treatment is to restore the body’s equilibrium. 

In addition to acupuncture, your session might include adjunct treatment(s): Chinese dietetic advice, Chinese liniments, cupping, gua sha, TDP lamp or tui na.  Each person and each treatment session is different so as your signs and symptoms change your treatment may also be modified.     

The main clinical focus for acupuncture at Beachbox is pain management.  However, this does not mean you will not be able to have a treatment if your condition (e.g. allergic rhinitis) falls outside the clinical focus, just that the registered Acupuncturist has a particular interest in pain.  Acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques.  The focus is on the individual, not their illness, and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other.  Therefore, two people who present to clinic with the same western diagnosis e.g. low back pain, will receive a different acupuncture treatment based on their symptom presentation and health history.

Western Conditions: Evidence Base for Acupuncture

In 2017, the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA) published a literature review which identified strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture for 8 conditions and moderate evidence supporting the use of acupuncture for a further 38 conditions.  As such, if you have any of the conditions listed below, acupuncture carried out by an AHPRA registered Acupuncturist might be able to assist.  A full list of the 46 conditions can be downloaded from the AACMA website.

Conditions with Positive Evidence in Improving

Conditions with Potential Positive Evidence in Improving

·         Chronic low back pain

·         Acute low back pain

·         Headache (tension-type and chronic)

·         Cancer pain

·         Migraine prophylaxis

·         Lateral elbow pain

·         Postoperative pain

·         Neck pain (plus usual medical care)

·         Knee osteoarthritis

·         Plantar heel pain

·        Sciatica

·       Shoulder pain

Source: McDonald J, Janz S. The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review (Revised Edition). Brisbane: Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd; 2017.

Please contact Beachbox Physiotherapy and talk to the Acupuncturist.