All needles are single
use to prevent cross infection. When done by our trained professionals
acupuncture is extremely safe, and there is an extremely low chance of side
In order to practice
acupuncture, Australian acupuncturists must be qualified with a
minimum 4 year University degree and be registered with AHPRA and a
national professional association. Every year we are required to do
additional learning to maintain our registration.
Anyone can check on www.ahpra.gov.au regarding
a practitioner’s registration status.
Generally the patient will not feel anything. We generally use needles thinner than most other acupuncturists, and comparable to the diameter of a hair. Some patients feel slight discomfort on the insertion of the needle, but this does not last.
No pain, does not mean there is no sensation.
Some common responses include tingling, aching, heaviness, warmth and feelings of electricity
The number of treatments needed will vary for each person, and is dependant on the type of condition and the length of time you’ve had the condition ( acute or chronic ) and the person’s constitution.
Generally speaking acute conditions require 3 – 6 treatments.’
Your initial consultation and treatment will cost $100. Every subsequent treatment is $90. (less your health fund rebate).
There is lot of confusion around these terms.
So what are the differences?
Dry needling involves needling muscle trigger point. It is just one form of Acupuncture technique that a qualified Acupuncturist can utilise. It tends to be a more painful technique but can be very beneficial.
Who can practice Dry Needling? Anyone who has completed a course in dry needling (the course can be as short as a weekend) and of course registered Acupuncturists.
Who can practice Acupuncture? Only a qualified and registered Acupuncturist with a minimum four year degree. Acupuncturists have much longer and more specific training in using acupuncture needles.
If you are not sure, ask your practitioner if they are an Acupuncturist.
At Vital Balance Acupuncture, our trained professionals utilise many acupuncture techniques including dry needling. As our patient’s comfort is our priority, the practitioner will decide what is the appropriate technique to use and explain this to you before commencing treatment