At Creative Acupuncture, treatment sessions revolve around the main modality of acupuncture. My focus is on helping improve any distressing signs and symptoms you have as well as investigating the underlying cause. A detailed medical history is taken during the initial consultation to determine a diagnosis and to create an individualised treatment plan focussed on improving your health and well-being. This includes recommendations for acupuncture, natural medicine, and/or health-enhancing changes you can make in your everyday life. In every treatment session, we will monitor your progress to ensure improvements are happening.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient practice originating from China. It works by influencing the Qi or energy at specific locations, called acupuncture points on the body. These acupuncture points form specific lines or channels, and these channels combine to form a holistic whole.
Life is movement. Pain or other distressing signs/symptoms represent blockages within this holistic framework. Acupuncture works to release these blockages and bring relief to distressing signs and symptoms as well as treating the underlying cause.
Manual acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin, sterile needles into the body at locations specific to your diagnosis. Generally, this is a painless process though often you may feel a dull, achy feeling at the place where the needle is inserted. Needles stay in the body for approximately 20-30 minutes.
Electro-acupuncture whereby a small electrical current is transmitted through leads attached to two needles can be used to increase blood flow to a certain area which facilitates the healing process.
Sometimes auricular acupuncture can be used to support the treatment. Small metallic ear seeds are pressed into the ears, once again at specific locations according to your diagnosis.
Other modalities that may be included in your treatment include:
Gua Sha: using a small tool to scrap parts of the body to improve blood flow and release blockages manifesting as pain;
Cupping: glass cups are placed on the body at certain areas and through the application of heat, a vacuum is created known to help relieve stagnation (blockages).
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture and its ability to relieve pain has been studied extensively. The insertion of needles into specific locations on the body affects our neural pathways and blocks pain messages between the brain and spinal cord.
The locations on the body where the needles are inserted is also important. For example, some points on the lower leg can innervate the pelvic region. This boosts blood flow to the area helping the body heal. Neurochemicals are released also which further aids this healing process.
Acupuncture appears to have a positive effect on our autonomic nervous system and encourages us to stay in the ‘rest and relaxation’ state facilitating the body’s innate ability to heal. This can have a flow-on effect helping strengthen our immunity, our digestive systems, balancing our moods, and facilitating a good night’s sleep.
How often do you need acupuncture?
With acupuncture, the timing and frequency of treatments is crucial. The effects of acupuncture are cumulative and at the beginning, we do need to create some momentum. Ideally twice a week for the first two weeks, then once a week thereafter. This varies though depending on your diagnosis and the prescribed treatment plan. Once your health has improved, we shift to a preventative means of managing your condition.
Prices & Packages
15-minute free consultation:
This is a time for us to meet, discuss your health concern(s), and find out how I may be able to help you.
Initial Consultation and Acupuncture Treatment (New Patients)
90 minutes @ $150:
This includes completing a detailed pre-consultation questionnaire before your appointment and on the day further information will be recorded. A tailored treatment plan will be created and presented at a subsequent consultation.
Subsequent Consultation and Acupuncture Treatment
60 minutes @ $99:
This includes reviewing your treatment plan and regularly reviewing your progress.
Individually tailored packages
are available, and these will be discussed after your initial consultation in accordance with your treatment plan.
Prescribed Chinese herbs and/or nutritional supplements will be at an additional cost.
Food is one of the most powerful forms of medicine and is often bypassed by taking medication as a quick fix. Something we do at least three times a day affects our health and well-being. We will look at your diet and food first before prescribing any additional Chinese herbs and/or nutritional supplements.
If there is a need for additional support, only high-quality Chinese herbs and/or nutritional supplements will be prescribed.
There are many actions we can take during our daily lives to enhance our health and well-being. I will help you identify these and empower you to take inspired action. Your health and wellbeing are an area of your life you do have control over. We will look at ways to make change easier as well as highlighting areas that may prove difficult. This is about taking baby steps and doing what is right for you. We focus on sleep hygiene (rest), movement, diet, your environment, and mind-body practices.