Scott Stephens treating at Red Bridge Family Acupuncture

- Acupuncture -

 

Disease in Traditional Chinese Medicine is viewed as imbalances and blockages in the body.  

Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into specific points located around the body in order to resolve imbalances and to stimulate the movement of ‘qi’ (energy).
All needles are single use sterilised disposable type. 

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Electro Acupuncture –  is the stimulation of the acupuncture point via a mild electrical current. This pulse is likened to a gentle vibrating sensation and is used to strengthen the stimulation of the point and allow for greater muscle relaxation.

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Laser Acupuncture - Sometimes traditional acupuncture is not appropriate for all patients or health concerns. Scott is able to also utilise laser acupuncture in cases where point activation with a needle may be particularly sensitive. 

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Scott has additional training and a keen interest in Japanese style acupuncture techniques which he incorporates into his treatments at Red Bridge Family Acupuncture.

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The Japanese technique has a strong emphasis on the use of palpation (touch) prior to needle insertion. A smaller gauge needle is generally used and a more superficial (shallower) needle insertion. Scott also often incorporates moxa therapy which you can read more about below.

Scott Stephens applying moxa therapy

- Additional Therapies -

 

Acupuncture is only one aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine and during a consult with Scott you are likely to experience many additional treatments including Moxibustion, Cupping, Gua Sha, Tui Na and Herbal Therapy. 

Moxa - is a gentle heat therapy. Acupuncture Points are warmed and activated by applying the smouldering herb mugwort either directly or indirectly.
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Cupping -  Glass or silicone suction cups are applied to tight muscle groups stimulating localised blood flow. This assists in the release of toxins and softening of the muscle area. 

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Gua Sha / Tui Na - are both a Chinese style of deep tissue massage. Stimulating the skin by use of scraping and rubbing. Often using a of a variety of tools. Both are extremely effective in promoting circulation, releasing toxins and stagnation and releasing tension.  

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Herbal Medicine - Occasionally Chinese Dietary advice and herbal formulas can be recommended to further support recovery.

Scott Stephen's using Shonishin needle free acupuncture

- Paediatric Needle Free Acupuncture / Shonishin -

Shonishin – otherwise known as Japanese Paediatric Acupuncture – is a needle free, non-invasive and gentle Chinese Medicine treatment style for our youngest family members.

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During a Shonishin treatment a range of different tools are used to gently tap, stroke, scrape and rub along the child’s skins surface to activate the various meridians and acupuncture points. This technique is best suited to children from birth to 12 or 13 years. Children tend to be particularly receptive to point stimulation meaning that treatments are often brief and health concerns tend to resolve quickly. 

Where appropriate parents can be educated in basic technique so that with guidance home treatment can be continued b.etween sessions for optimal results.

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Scott has also received further training in paediatric Tui Na which is the use of gentle massage techniques along meridians and acupuncture points.

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As a father to young children himself Scott has a keen interest in children's preventative health care.