We want to make sure you understand that the Acupuncture we offer here at Vyne Health is completely different to the Acupuncture you would receive from a Physiotherapist, Massage Therapist, Osteopath or Doctor (unless they too perform Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture). The Acupuncture that is generally conducted by one of these health professionals is learnt over a 2-day course (some may be longer) and is commonly known as "Dry-needling" or "Medical Acupuncture" primarily based on contemporary neurophysiology and anatomy. Acupuncture sites are thought to result in a greater sensory stimulus for e.g. often consisting of trigger point therapy or on the motor points of muscles and peripheral nerve bundles. The treatments are much shorter for e.g. 15-minute treatments, nevertheless there is considerable variation between Acupuncture and dry-needling. Our Acupuncture treatments are 60-minutes in duration and focus on restoring your body back to balance in order to effectively reduce pain or assist with digestive, reproductive, respiratory, hormonal or emotional wellbeing additional to trigger point therapy.
Before we needle you at Vyne Health, our diagnosis relies on the assessment of a complex matrix of signs and symptoms that are used to formulate individualised treatment regimes.
The Acupuncture you will receive at Vyne is conducted by a Regristered Australian Acupuncture Health Professional, which requires an extensive 4-year 'full-time' Health Science Bachelors Degree. Unlike your chiropractor, physiotherapist, osteopath or local Gold Coast Doctor that does 'medical acupuncture' or 'dry-needling', we are eligible to call ourselves "Acupuncturists". Regristered Acupuncturists are recognised by the Australian Health Practitioner Agency (AHPRA) and the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA).
Dry needling generally targets trigger points within tight or taut muscles. When trigger points are present and active, they may cause muscular dysfunction that may result in pain or impair joint function. This may increase stress on surrounding structures and reduce the range of movement within muscle or joint. Dry-needling often creates a muscle "twitch" response in order to effectively relax muscle and restore it back to normal function. Needles are not usually retained in the body opposed to Acupuncture performed by a Chinese Medicine practitioner.
Chinese Medicine Acupuncture
Chinese Medicine Acupuncture is subtler and gentler. Our patients are often saying how relaxing their treatments allow them to feel. This is a big difference between in dry-needling versus Acupuncture. Acupuncture performed by an Acupuncturist will needle specific "acupoints" that are located on different meridians and areas of the body. Acupuncturists aim to balance and restore function within the body internally and externally based on a specific diagnosis relating your presenting symptoms. The needling rarely creates pain opposed to a "twitch" or "cramp" sensation from dry-needling and is very safe. This allows you and your body to feel relaxed and comfortable throughout the whole duration of your treatment. Needles may be retained anywhere from 15 minutes to 45 minutes depending on your condition. Acupuncturists not only help to relax muscle, alleviate pain and restore function - they can specifically assist you through digestive complaints like bloating, diarrhoea or constipation, sleep, mood disruptions, infertility or menstrual disorders like PCOS or endometriosis. Your Acupuncturist at Vyne will help to restore balance with a holistic approach and help facilitate your body's natural ability to recover, heal and repair itself.