Massage Therapy & Acupuncture
Acupuncture involves the placement of very fine needles into precise points on the body to benefit a person’s health. Needle insertion should not be painful or uncomfortable, although it’s not uncommon to feel a heaviness or distending sensation during a treatment. Usually, treatments are very relaxing… and some people find themselves having a nap while they’re on the table!
Acupuncture is part of a larger system of medicine known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). As TCM is a diverse system of medicine and covers all major systems within the body, acupuncture can be used for a wide range of acute and chronic ailments.
TCM is focused on treating the underlying cause of disease, as well as the presenting symptoms. This involves a holistic approach linking the body, mind and emotions in both the cause of disease and its treatment. Acupuncture may also be used to optimise overall wellbeing.
Acupuncture points have an influence over the area directly around then – for example, releasing pain and tension in the lower back by needling the affected area. An acupuncture point can also have an influence over areas far removed from the actual point being needled – for example, needling points on the ankle or foot to alleviate neck and shoulder pain.
Modern research is now beginning to explain how acupuncture works, from a scientific point of view. Researchers have identified that stimulating an acupuncture point can create measurable changes in the body; everything from nerve conduction to hormonal release.
Traditionally, acupuncture is explained through its influence on the flow of Qi (energy or life force) along the meridians (pathways throughout the body, along which Qi and Blood flows), which creates a map for the thousands of acupuncture points located all over the body. For example, someone with throbbing headaches has too much Qi moving upwards, or someone with pain that is worse for rest has Qi that is ‘stuck’ or not circulating well. Acupuncture aims to correct these imbalances. By matching these imbalances to the body area or organ system experiencing the main complaint, a specific acupuncture point formula can be devised to restore balance and correct the problem.
Acupuncture may also be combined with moxibustion (a warming therapy), cupping (a technique to release musculoskeletal tension), guasha (‘scraping’ a myofascial releasing technique to relieve tight muscles) or acupressure (specific massage using acupuncture points).
What to expect
A patient history form with your medical history and reason for seeking massage will be completed and gone over with your therapist. Our massage therapist is fully registered with all health funds and is in good standing with AMT- Association of Massage Therapists. Then a postural and physical assessment will be done and this information will be used to create an appropriate treatment plan for the session. Once the treatment plan has been explained and consented to, the therapist will leave the room to let you disrobe to your level of comfort and get on the table with the towel provided to cover you. Depending on what areas are to be treated will determine what clothing is suggested to be removed. Certain techniques can be done over clothes or sheets but may not be as effective.
During the massage
A variety of techniques will be used to attain the targeted outcome from the session. The massage should not be painful. Using a scale from 1-10, with 10 being pain, the aim during a remedial treatment is to be around 7 or 8. If the pressure is too much and perceived as painful the muscles may contract to protect themselves and that is most likely counter productive to the treatment plan. Everyone has a different tolerance to pressure and this can even vary between different muscle groups in an individual. Letting your therapist know if you prefer more or less pressure and having an open line of communication will insure you receive the best outcome from the massage.
After the massage
The therapist will leave and allow you to get dressed after the treatment has finished. An appropriate continued treatment plan for your condition will be discussed. One hour of massage won’t be able to fix years of improper posture and repetitive strains on the body. Self care suggestions such as heating, icing, postural alignment, stretching or strengthening exercises maybe also given. It is not uncommon to be slightly sore or tender the day after a remedial massage treatment- much like a good exercise session. Sometimes a hot shower or a soak in the tub can ease this. If you have any questions you can contact the practitioners at ChiroHQ at Pyrmont on 96607222 or Maroubra on 93444233