Pain Relief that Benefits Everyone

Acupuncture is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine that originated over 5,000 years ago. It’s a natural therapy that provides many health benefits. It involves the insertion of very thin needles into the skin at strategic points on the body. It’s commonly used to treat pain and is increasingly being adopted to support overall wellness. 

Acupuncture can be beneficial to athletes, both professional and recreational. This type of treatment practice can assist in overcoming injury and is a drug-free pain relief solution. It’s considered a holistic approach to health, injury and disease by linking the body, mind and emotions. Acupuncture is not only beneficial to athletes. It’s also an alternative treatment for many people who suffer from non-sporting related injuries and immune-related disorders.

A client receiving dry needling treatment at the QSMC clinic
A QSMC patient receiving acupuncture treatment at the clinic

How Does It Work?

In Chinese medicine, it’s believed that health is the result of a harmonious balance of the forces which flow through the body. Comparing the human body to a highly complex ‘electrical circuit’ that instead circulates specialised biological energy called Qi (chi). Qi flows through countless pathways in the body, referred to as meridians, and can be ‘accessed’ through 350 acupuncture points in the body. 

During physical or emotional stress, the balance and strength of Qi is disrupted, causing discomfort. By inserting needles into these strategic points, it’s said to restore the balance of Qi and bring equilibrium back within the body. Whilst using science to prove that meridians and Qi exist has proved challenging, there is lots of evidence supporting its clinical benefits in patients. Many experts explain that neuroscience plays a large role in the success of acupuncture treatment. By stimulating nerves, muscles and connective tissue, it helps increase blood flow and triggers the body’s natural pain relief mechanisms.

You don't have to be injured or ill to receive acupuncture

Many people choose to get acupuncture for its preventative advantages. It helps boost the immune system, promotes healthy circulation, decreases inflammation and aids in organ and cell detoxification.

How Can It Help Me and What Should I Expect?

Acupuncture is a very versatile therapy that can be utilised for a wide range of conditions. It is widely known for its effectiveness in treating pain. Some conditions that are known to respond well to acupuncture include:

During your initial appointment, your acupuncturist will discuss with you your condition. They’ll identify areas of your body that should react well to acupuncture treatment. Your practitioner will explain the acupuncture process and answer any questions you may have prior to treatment. Next, they will tap needles into strategic points in your skin throughout your body. They are inserted at various depths, ranging from a fraction of an inch to a couple of inches. Generally, needles are removed after 20 – 30 minutes. 

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Because we use very fine Japanese style needles, most clients experience either very minimal (a pinch) or no pain. You can generally expect your treatment to be pain-free.

Most people feel relaxed or energised after acupuncture treatment. It’s not uncommon for people to fall asleep during an acupuncture appointment. In some cases, you may experience slight tenderness or minimal bruising where the needle was inserted. This depends on the sensitivity of your skin. 

The frequency of your treatment depends on your condition. Your acupuncturist will provide guidance around your treatment plan. Some conditions respond faster to more frequent treatment, while others only require an appointment every 1 – 2 weeks.

Yes certainly! Acupuncture works well in conjunction with and complements other therapies, such as physio. This creates a holistic approach to your treatment, looking at your health from all perspectives. 

Both acute and chronic illnesses can be treated with acupuncture. Everyone responds differently to treatment, meaning that the number of sessions you’ll need differentiates. 

Book an Acupuncture Appointment

If you would like to book in to see one of our acupuncturists, please contact us. We can be reached on the information below or alternatively, leave your details in our form and we’ll be in touch.

Woolloongabba Clinic

812 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba

Original acupuncture needles were made of stone, bamboo and bone

We’ve come a long way since then… In our clinics we use extremely fine Japanese stainless steel needles. They’re much thinner and provide a gentler experience for patients. 

Meet Our Acupuncturist


Owen Formosa


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