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At Lifestyle Physiotherapy we have a full time Acupuncturist trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and can offer a range of treatments for both musculoskeletal and other common ailments.

What is Acupuncture?


Acupuncture is the most well-known aspect of Chinese Medicine and can be used alone or in conjunction with herbal medicine, Moxibustion (the heating of specific acupuncture points using the herb Artemisia), or Tui-Na (Chinese massage).

Each of the organs of the body has its own associated channel or pathway of energy. These are often referred to as meridians. Very fine needles are inserted into points along the meridians with the aim of bringing the body to a point of balance and harmony. Acupuncture points are carefully selected and are determined not only by the ailment that someone presents with, but also by other life events that may be happening.

An Acupuncture treatment will usually take up to one hour, with needles left in place for 20-25 minutes. During this time people go in to a state of deep relaxation, and may drift off to sleep. Acupuncture is widely known for its effectiveness in treating musculo-skeletal injuries but traditionally has been used to treat respiratory, digestive, gynaecological and many other chronic conditions. Acupuncture and TCM treatment involves a holistic approach and your acupuncturist will often offer dietary, lifestyle, and exercise advice.

Below are more forms of TCM techniques:


This is used commonly on the back to help increase the flow of Qi, and blood to the area. Vacuum cups are applied to the skin and are left for a period of time. Cups will often leave circular bruises on the skin, however these will clear after a few days.

Gua Sha

This is a ‘scraping’ technique where the practitioner will scrape the surface of the skin using a smooth blunt edge tool. This causes localised redness, but helps reduce pain and symptoms.


Moxa aids in the healing process by drawing more Qi and blood to the area. The process involves the warming or heating of individual acupuncture points or regions of the body by burning the herb Artemisia. The heat penetrates deeply in to the muscles and can strengthen the action of the needles. The burning of Moxa gives the clinic the characteristic aroma.


This is a particular style of massage used by practitioners trained in TCM. This type of massage involves a variety of techniques following the meridians or specific acupuncture points and can be performed with or without oil on different areas of the body.

What conditions does Acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture and TCM are a complete health care system. There are very few conditions that do not benefit from a course of acupuncture or TCM. It is possible to combine both Western and Eastern medicine in the management of your condition, and we work closely with treatment providers including your physiotherapist and GP.

The following list of conditions that acupuncture and TCM can treat is based on recommendations from the World Health Organisation.

Fees & Payment Information

Lifestyle Physiotherapy is a registered health provider with ACC.  A current ACC claim is required in order to see an Acupuncturist under ACC. This can be completed by a Physiotherapist or your GP.

Due to changes ACC made in 2009, we have a surcharge to cover the cost of your treatment. The charges for both Private and ACC visits are listed below:

St Andrews:

  • Private TCM Appointment (1 hour) – $65
  • Private TCM Appointment (30 minutes) – $50
  • ACC Initial Surcharge – $20
  • ACC Follow Up Surcharge – $20


  • Private TCM Appointment (1 hour) – $65
  • Private TCM Appointment (30 minutes) – $50
  • ACC Initial Surcharge – $15
  • ACC Follow Up Surcharge – $15

EFTPOS is available at both Clinics

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Payments can be made via internet banking. Please let our receptionists know if this is your preferred method of payment. Please include your name in the reference.

Referral pathways: “If we can’t help you we will find someone that can!”

If your injury requires more specialist care, we are able to organise scans and refer you to podiatrists, hand therapists, sports physicians or orthopaedic surgeons. We have close networks with health professionals in the Waikato to ensure you are treated by the top people in their respective field.

Our guarantee:

We are confident that you will be happy with our services. We appreciate any feedback you have as this will ensure our quality of care is the best in the business. Please direct all feedback or concerns to our therapists, reception staff or email

If you are not 100% satisfied with your treatment, we will reimburse your treatment charge and provide your next treatment at no cost.