This is the most common question asked about acupuncture because many people associate needles with pain. Acupuncture needles are about the thickness of a cat’s whisker, so they are virtually painless when inserted. After insertion, the practitioner will bring the needle to the appropriate depth. You will then usually feel a very unique sensation that can vary from tingling, to heaviness, to warmth, or nothing at all; this is the body basically starting its “work”. Each person’s experience is different, so if you ask your practitioner they will explain to you what is going on. Should you experience any discomfort, inform the practitioner, and they will adjust the needles accordingly.
In some cases, the needle will cause a small and mild bruise. This is a very individualised occurrence and depends on the issue, health and vitality of the patient.

The initial consultation goes for 90 minutes; this is where a complete history and detailed evaluation of your condition will be completed, as well as the required treatment. With repeat sessions, patients will be in-and-out within 60 minutes
This depends on the severity, duration and nature of the complaint. Generally 15 to 20 treatments are ample for the majority of chronic issues to be dealt with. In saying that, some acute conditions will be corrected in 1 treatment, where as some degenerative conditions may require as many as 40 treatments. Each individual is different, and results depend upon the health and vitality of the patient. However, the patient has the right to expect their major complaint to be addressed and treated in a direct and timely manner.
If you present with pain, Advanced Neurological Acupuncture will be able to diminish this pain for you on the spot. By this occurring, it is proof that your body will listen to the acupuncture treatments, and that the issue (pain/injury) will be able to make a complete recovery with repeat sessions. On the other hand, if no change is felt with the pain what so ever after the third acupuncture session, this is usually an indication of a major structural problem (ie broken bone), which is out of our scope of practice and will most likely require some form of surgery.
Treatments are performed on a weekly basis, usually three times a week (for best results), which will then be put to two times a week, and eventually once a week. Once the condition has been controlled and you are symptom free, the treatments are performed less frequently to the point that you will no longer need treatment on that “old” issue. Problems that have been around for a long time generally take more treatments to resolve in comparison to ones that have come about recently. In order for this ‘successful treatment plan’ to be affordable, subsequent treatments in the same week are heavily discounted, and will be explained to your by your practitioner after your first consultation.
Yes, acupuncture is good for all types of people from athletes to the disabled. Age is also not a factor with acupuncture, and is beneficial to everyone. A little known fact is that even babies can receive acupuncture – Babies get sick very easily, but recover very quickly.
A light meal should be eaten before acupuncture so that the body has some energy to work with, as sometimes a person who has not eaten will feel lightheaded or weak when receiving an acupuncture treatment. It is best to wear loose clothing which is comfortable, with the knees, elbows, and stomach region easily accessible. Do not perform any strenuous activity, drink alcohol, smoke excessively, or ingest heavy meals before or after your treatment. One of the most important things to do both before and after your treatment is to DRINK WATER. If an adequate amount of water is not put into the body, then optimal results will not be reached in the optimal time. (If you are not sure on how much water you should be drinking, ask your practitioner).
Yes, Innovative Health is partnered up with all Health Funds.

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