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The information presented here on acupuncture (and all the other acupuncture pages) are concerned with Traditional acupuncture (as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine). In connection with myself as a practitioner, I hold registration with Acupuncture NZ, as an traditional acupuncturist. All this material, on this Acupuncture Introduction page (and all the acupuncture pages here) have no connection to osteopathy, or my registration as an osteopath.
Whilst it is true that I do also hold registration as an osteopath in Western medical acupuncture — the content of this page (and all the acupuncture pages) is concerned with traditional acupuncture, not Western medical acupuncture. There are differences between the two styles and approaches to acupuncture, particularly in the conceptual framework and underpinning paradigms used. For more on this, please see my page on Traditional vs Dry-needling.
Acupuncture works with single-use disposable needles inserted below the skin. The scientific basis of how acupuncture works may be related to changes in blood flow to promote soft-tissue healing, and effects on the nervous system (gate-control theory of pain, neurotransmitters, endorphins, serotonin and so on). Traditional (Chinese Medicine) clinical paradigms of how acupuncture works, developed over thousands of years of empirical clinical observation and refinement, and describe changes in physiological processes and homeostasis in different language. These traditional acupuncture concepts, models and explanations (qi and blood, five phases, yin and yang polarity, etc) can provide a good working model of whole body processes, mechanisms and inter-relationships. Acupuncture treats the person — the whole body, not just the illness or isolated symptoms.
A recent study in NZ suggests that most people seek acupuncture for musculoskeletal and pain-related conditions and treating chronic and quality of life health issues.
Acupuncture and lower back pain
Financial advisor John Joseph talks about his use of acupuncture in treating lower back pain. Adam Leighton is the acupuncturist.
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