Pregnancy Acupuncture

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Conceiving
Many health practitioners may recommend acupuncture as an adjunct treatment that may assist with IVF treatment. There is continuing research about how acupuncture can assist with the effectiveness of IVF treatment and you should consult your treating practitioner/s about how acupuncture may be able to help you.
Although earlier systematic reviews found that evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture used to support IVF or other assisted reproductive technology was “unclear”, a more recent systematic review by Qian et al found that “Based on an analysis of the studies, acupuncture improves the CPR [clinical pregnancy rate] among women undergoing IVF.”

During Pregnancy
Acupuncture can continue throughout pregnancy for pain, morning sickness/nausea, fatigue and for relaxation.
Acupuncture assists the body to release endorphins, your naturally produced pain killers. This may be very beneficial throughout your pregnancy for common complaints such as pelvic and back pain. Everyone should be entitled to a healthy and happy pregnancy. Contact us to see if we can assist you.


In Labour
Labour preparation, which can assist your delivery, is also something that we can help you with. Acupuncture may help you relax and prepare for the journey ahead.
Historically, there are acupuncture points that can be used to encourage labour to start and/or continue. Preparation can commence from 36 weeks. Here is a link to research conducted in New Zealand.

Pre-Delivery
The use of moxibustion applied to the little toe for difficult labour was first mentioned in the Moxibustion Methods for Emergencies by Wenren Qinian in 1226. In Chinese hospitals this technique has been used to treat breech presentations for decades. Research to date, although promising, is not yet sufficient for this method to be incorporated into clinical practice guidelines for obstetricians in Australia, although the New Zealand clinical practice guidelines do recommend it. Here is a link to a systematic review conducted in 2012 which shows limited evidence.
Consult your practitioner to discuss whether or not this ancient technique might be useful for you.


Post-Delivery
Acupuncture may be used to promote breastfeeding, assist in recovery and help with sleep, back, neck and shoulder pain. Historically the month after childbirth is called the Golden Month which encourages nourishment with appropriate foods, rest and bonding of babe with Mum and other carers. Many cultures, including the Chinese, take part in similar rituals in this period.

Acupressure for the birth
For parents looking for acupressure to use during the birthing process, my colleague Dr Debra Betts has a lovely video you can download for a small fee on the google play store. Debra is a trained acupuncturist and midwife in New Zealand. Her explanation of points is very easy to follow and may allow partners to feel of some assistance during the birthing process. For more information about pregnancy and acupuncture visit acupuncturepregnancy.com.au

Massage is a wonderful experience to have whilst pregnant. To accomodate you and your bump, we have you positioned on your side surrounded by comfy pillows to make you feel blissful and at peace.
Massage is a great way to relax and may even help with muscular tension related to hormones being released whilst pregnant and changes to your body to adapt to a change in centre of gravity. Evidence has shown that there can be benefits to massage whilst pregnant. Some women experience less pain during childbirth, others benefit in a decrease of feelings of anxiety and depression. Please read this link for further information.

Acupuncture for children

Rebecca also works with children and is able to adapt treatment to suit the child whether it be needles or needle free (Shonishin).

Children are such dynamic creatures as all parents and caregivers know!
For our paediatric cases we have a variety of options available to use. Younger children can be treated with a Japanese style acupressure called Sho Ni Shin, developed in the 16th and 17th Centuries. Sho Ni Shin involves the use of a small tool to stimulate the body in a non invasive way. This is used generally for ages 0-12 years.
Sho Ni Shin can be used at any age, whether newborn or teenager. It can even be used on the adults too.
For children who are comfortable with the idea of needles, traditional acupuncture can be used. Children often don’t need to have the needles retained for as long as adults. The length of time varies according to age and size.
If you think your child would benefit, please contact us to discuss.

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