FAQ – Kirra Point Acupuncture & Massage

Frequently Asked Questions

What is involved in an Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Treatment?

The initial consultation includes questioning on many things including your medical history, current medications and present day complaints.

This will be followed by the traditional pulse & tongue diagnosis where the pulse on both your arms is taken along with a quick inspection of your tongue. Abdominal palpation might be involved, depending on the condition, disease or injury.

This gives the practitioner a good indication of what is happening in your body.

Once the practitioner has acquired all this information from you they will then decide on a diagnosis and a treatment principal tailored towards the individual.

Initial consultation and subsequent follow-ups can usually last anywhere between 10-75 minutes depending on the practitioners diagnosis.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are very different from hypodermic needles used for injections. They are very fine and flexible and are usually barely felt when inserted. There are certain sensations associated with the therapeutic effects of acupuncture. These may include slight cramping, heaviness, distention, tingling or electric sensation traveling along a meridian. If any discomfort is experienced, it is usually mild.

Are the needles clean?

Under AACMA Guidelines, all members use pre-sterilized, individually packaged, disposable acupuncture needles to assure absolute control over cross-infection.

How many treatments will I need?

Since each person is unique, the number of treatments needed will vary. Among the determining factors are the type of condition, whether the condition is chronic or acute, and the vitality of the individual. Again, you should discuss your treatment program with your acupuncturist.

After the acupuncture treatment, how quickly can I expect to feel better?

This depends on your condition. The time it takes to feel better after the acupuncture treatment varies from person to person. In general, you will start feeling the benefits from acupuncture in 2-3 treatments. If the problem is acute, sometimes improvement is felt after 1 treatment, and may only need 3-5 treatments to resolve. If the problem is chronic and long term, it may take many treatments.

What is the difference between Chinese and Japanese Acupuncture?

The differences between Chinese and Japanese acupuncture methods are generally:

  • The size of the needles,
  • method of insertion,
  • depth of needle insertion,
  • the use of herbs,
  • less de qi sensation.
Can I claim rebates?

We have a HCAPS facility within the clinic. The majority of Nation-wide health funds are accepted.* Conditions apply

What are costs of a treatment?

We provide both student and pensioner discounts in our clinic. Prices will differ between modalities and services. Again a majority of all health funds are accepted.

Can I book an appointment outside of clinic hours?

Yes we are happy to accommodate your appointment outside hours, provided 24 hours notice is given and agreed upon.

Do you do home visits?

To our highly-valued and trusted customers, we will provide a mobile, home visit at prices similar to that within the clinic (depending on availability).