Pediatric Acupuncture and Massage

Chinese Medicine for Kids
You might imagine your kids enjoying an acupuncture treatment about as much as a visit to the dentist.

A welcome notion, considering we, as adults, lay on the table for at least 25 minutes looking like an echidna.. and we find it relaxing!

In practice though, children only require a few points at a time and most are not retained for longer than a few seconds, however, we tend to avoid needling and Chinese herbal formulas until they are about 6 or 7.

Tuina, (Chinese massage, pronounced twee-nah) can be performed from as young as infancy. Kids respond exceptionally well to Chinese remedial massage, which is great because as parents, these techniques can be performed at home with ease.

In practice though, children only require a few points at a time and most are not retained for longer than a few seconds. If needles are not in favour, kids respond exceptionally well to Chinese remedial massage, which is great because as parents, these techniques can be performed at home with ease.

We are constantly in awe of the quick response time that kids have to pediatric acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and Chinese massage. They literally bounce right back from ailments that we might whinge about for days.

If we could adopt something from every-day Chinese mothering, it would be an understanding of preventative medicine in the home.

In Chinese medicine, kids are seen as having a more pure yang energy, free from the pressures and stresses of adult life, but more sensitive to illness as their immune and digestive systems are still developing. This, however, reflects the ease and quickness with which they recover.

Illnesses such as asthma, cold and flu, fever, digestive upset, hay fever, allergies and sleeping problems all respond well, while new studies have shown a dramatic increase in the treatment and management of chronic pain, paediatric migraine, enuresis (peeing your pants), nocturnal enuresis (peeing your bed), nausea, behavioural issues, neurologic disorders, and epilepsy.

The large-scale research also shows that most children tolerate the acupuncture needles quite well, however, we tend to avoid needling and Chinese herbal formulas until they are about 6 or 7. Tuina- (Chinese massage, pronounced twee-nah) can be performed from as young as infancy.

How much does a pediatric acupuncture or massage appointment cost?

  • Initial Appointments are $82 and approx. 30 minutes in length
  • Follow up Appointments are $65 and approx. 20 minutes in length
  • Health fund rebates apply if your child is covered for extras.
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Katherine Maslen

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Hey, I’m Katherine Maslen, naturopath, nutritionist, host of The Shift podcast, author and renegade for health.
Since completing 2 bachelor degrees in health science over 12 years ago, I’ve been helping peeps just like you to be their best through awesome health. I’ve spent most of this time one on one in clinical practice – in the trenches with my clients to navigate them through the minefield that is imperfect health.

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