Traditional Chinese medicine

Acupuncture Torquay Surfcoast available on Tuesday and Friday with Shura Ford.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the core therapies of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) it involves the insertion of fine sterile, stainless steel, single use, disposable needles into specific points along the body’s meridians.  Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine in the world, originating in China more then 4,000 years ago.

What happens in an acupuncture treatment?

During an acupuncture session needles are inserted into selected acupuncture points and then retained for around 30 minutes. Acupuncture is not painful as many people would expect, it can in fact elicit a deeply relaxing feeling and many people fall asleep during treatment.  

What is acupuncture used for?

Shura has a particular interest in using acupuncture as a therapy for women’s health, pain and relaxation.

Acupuncture points

There are hundreds of acupuncture points on the body. Each point has it’s own attributes, nature and function. Points are selected by Ford wellness group acupuncturist Shura according to these functions and the diagnosed Chinese medicine pattern of disharmony .


For someone that is apprehensive about acupuncture, stimulation of acupuncture points can be made using touch rather then needles. Acupressure is particularly suited to children and sensitive or needle phobic persons.

Dry needling vs acupuncture

Acupuncture and dry needling are not the same and the experience of these therapies is often very different for patients.  An acupuncturist is trained to administer acupuncture for a range of health conditions and to needle into acupuncture points and non acupuncture points. When using acupuncture points for needling there is likely to be only a minimal sensation and a painful response is not targeted. 

Dry needling is only used for musculoskeletal conditions and only trigger points (not acupuncture points) are needled.  Trigger points are areas of muscular pain or tension. When palpated or needled, these trigger points illicit a painful response, needling into these structures will most often cause a twitch in the muscle and the sensation may be uncomfortable.  

Acupuncture Torquay Surfcoast

Acupuncture Torquay Surfcoast is available for visitors and residents alike.

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