At Kingscliff Neck and Back Clinic, we use traditional forms of Chinese Medicine to help Gold and Tweed Coast locals rebalance their mind, body and soul. Learn more about what happens during an acupuncture treatment and the history of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
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History of Acupuncture
Acupuncture originated in China from where it has spread throughout the world. This art & science has been used for over 5000 years. Very fine pins are gently inserted into specific points on the body to adjust the body’s energy, treating illness and optimising health. Acupuncture is not a painful experience and often leads to a deeply relaxed state as the body’s energy is gently balanced. Points can also be treated by gently heating them with the herb moxa, pressing or massaging and laser can be used instead of pins for the very young or sensitive.
Acupuncture literally means “to treat with needles” and over the last few thousand years a number of styles of acupuncture treatment have developed. These different styles reflect both cultural and research influences as acupuncture has spread throughout the world: initially to Japan and Korea in the 6th century; to Vietnam by the 8th century; eventually to Europe via France in the 1500’s; then finally the whole world by the early 21st century. Rather than one style or system being necessarily better than another, a qualified acupuncturist will choose the best option for the individual client before them, having regard to the clients presenting complaint and constitution.
Acupuncture has been proven to be effective for many conditions. The Acupuncture Evidence Project found evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture for 117 conditions across 14 broad clinical areas at various levels of evidence. It is no longer possible to say that acupuncture’s effect is due to the placebo effect or that it is only suitable for musculoskeletal pain. Acupuncture has been found to be effective for conditions ranging from allergic rhinitis (hayfever), low back pain, knee osteoarthritis, migraine prevention, tension headaches, chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting, depression and many other conditions. The full report is available here.
It is common for patients to be so relaxed with treatment that they fall asleep. Acupuncture can often be integrated with other therapy where needed.
It is usual to complete a 4 year full time degree program majoring in Acupuncture to be registered as an acupuncturist in Australia. Acupuncturists are regulated by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia along with 13 other Health professions through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
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Brett is a Diploma qualified and Government Registered Acupuncturist. He has been in practice since qualifying in 1988 at Acupuncture Colleges Australia, Brisbane Campus. He has a passion for sports and has a reputation for treating both amateur and professional athletes over a wide range of sports related injuries to help them return to their respective fields of play.
With a thorough working knowledge of anatomy and physiology Brett has been able to build a very successful practice particularly, helping people with neck and back problems.
Brett has served as a Queensland State Committee member for the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association providing continuing professional education seminars to AACMA members since 2003.
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