Acupuncture

 

 

Acupuncture is a technique which may assist in alleviating pain and other maladies.  Dr. Daphene Connor is fully qualified in the practice of Acupuncture, as is able to provide this service for you at the practice in our dedicated Acupuncture room, if requested. Please speak to Dr. Connor to talk about the option of acupuncture or to schedule an acupuncture appointment.



Puncturing the Myths

 

Acupuncture is the stimulation of very precise acupuncture points that can promote the body’s natural pain control and healing abilities.


Acupuncture has been practiced by the Chinese in the past 2,000 years. Energy or qi channels, called meridians, flow through the body, and an obstruction to the meridians are like a dam that backs up the rivers.


Acupuncture can unblock the obstructions, re-establish the regular flow through the meridians, and helps the body’s internal organs to correct energy qi imbalances. The modern scientific explanation is that it stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain to reduce pain, promote healing and achieve physical and emotional well-being. Widely practiced throughout the world, acupuncture has successfully treated more people than with all other health modalities combined.


You don’t have to believe in Acupuncture for it to work.  Acupuncture is used successfully on cats, dogs, horses and other animals, who do not understand or believe in the process that helps them get better. A positive attitude toward wellness may reinforce the effects of the treatment received, just as a negative attitude may hinder the effects of acupuncture or any other treatment. A neutral attitude (“I don’t know if I really believe in this.”) will not block the treatment.


Because acupuncture needles are thin and solid, most patients feel only minimal pain; some feel no pain at all. Once the needles are in place, no pain is felt. The risk of bruising and skin irritation is minimal. There is no risk of infection from treatments as all needles are sterile and single use. Your doctor may also choose to use laser, either alone or in combination with needles, to stimulate acupuncture points. This is also a pain-free, safe and effective treatment.

Your GP who is trained and licensed in Western Medicine has to undergo training in acupuncture as a specialty practice. Such a doctor has an advantage to use one or the other approach, or a combination of both, to treat an illness. Dr Daphene Connor is a Fellow of the Australian Medical Acupuncture College. She is very experienced in providing Medical Acupuncture.


The number of treatments needed differs from person to person, from one to two treatments a week for complex or long standing conditions, up to three times per week for more acute problems. It takes at least 4-5 treatments before the cells start to 'wake up' and cause changes in internal chemicals, which work to produce an effect. Hence, a standard treatment regime is usually at least five, and up to twelve treatment sessions, after which it is recommended to give a break from treatment for about a month.


There are usually no side effects to the treatment. If they occur, these are minor and should not cause concern. They are indications that the acupuncture is starting to work. You may experience worsening of symptoms for a few days, mild changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination patterns, or emotional state. You may also feel a transient sensation of deep relaxation or mild disorientation immediately following the treatment (common with the first one or two treatments).


At Blackbutt Medical Centre, Dr Connor, who specializes in acupuncture will provide a treatment plan that is tailored to suit each individual patient’s needs.  Our doctors recognize that each patient case is unique and therefore a full initial assessment is required to determine if acupuncture is right for you.  Dr Connor is fully licensed and holds a special qualification in Acupuncture as endorsed by AHPRA (Medical Board of Australia).

 

Acupuncture can be used to help promote good health, energy and vitality. Acupuncture can be used in the management of pain, stress, insomnia, smoking, alcohol, weight, nausea, anxiety and a range of other medical conditions. 


Please discuss with your doctor if acupuncture is suitable for you and ensure that you discuss any concerns prior to the commencement of any treatment. Acupuncture is available at the Blackbutt Medical Centre. Appointments for acupuncture are available Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 5.00pm with Dr Daphene Connor.

 

For more information please contact:

 

Please contact Reception on 4163 0023 to arrange an appointment,

Dr Daphene R Connor - FRACGP;  FAMAC;  Dip Skin Cancer; MBBS     Provider No: 2464827H

 

Clinic Info

91 Coulson St,

Blackbutt QLD 4306

 

Tel: 4163 0023

(All Hours)

Fax: 4163 0024

 

Email: tmc.2006

@bigpond.com 

 

Clinic Hours:

 

Mon - Fri: 8:00am-5:00pm 

Sat by appointment 

Sun closed

  

 

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Address: 91 Coulson Street, Blackbutt, QLD, 4306

Phone: 4163 0023

Email: tmc.2006@bigpond.com

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