Canberra Acupuncture 


Movement Therapy 


Canberra Acupuncture expertise includes back pain, sports injuries, rehabilitation, overuse injuries, digestive issues, sinus problems, migraines, stroke rehabilitation, sleeping issues, fertility & menstruation  difficulties, Pregnancy issues (overdue Labour, breech presentation), chronic fatigue, hay fever management, depression, headaches, stress and anxiety.  


Canberra Movement Therapy is a movement based approach to realignment, rehabilitation and pain management. Our expertise is achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, disc herniation, back and neck pain, frozen shoulder and sports injuries.





Canberra Acupuncture & Movement Therapy uses a combination of classical acupuncture, massage, Postural Restoration Institute techniques, Anatomy in Motion, Neurokinetic Therapy and Movnat teachings to help bring your body back to optimal alignment. 

The human body is a system of interrelated and interconnected systems. These systems can only work effectively when functioning in harmony. The bone and muscular structure is no different. Joints, bones, muscles and the nervous system will always adapt or modify in response to their environment.



Habits, routine and injury can result in certain body parts becoming unresponsive, tight, stressed or weak and ultimately painful. 

Your body will always adapt and modify its movement in response to stress placed upon it. Our goal is to discover why and how your body has modified itself in response to its environment and function. Movement therapy is a process of learning how to integrate each joint, muscle and system into a fully adaptive and responsive body.

anatomy in motion

  In a typical session you will experience the following:

  • Detailed discussion of your previous medical history, experience, injury history and any health concerns.

  • Classical Chinese Medicine diagnosis and treatment emphasising the root cause of diseases and ill health, rather than focussing solely on the symptoms.

  • Assessment of your body's alignment and mobility in all planes of motion and a detailed photo or video analysis of static and dynamic movement.

  • Treatment will consist of a combination of acupuncture, massage and manipulation of tissues and muscles.

  • Three dimensional movement re-education targets all 360 joints and 206 bones of your body to encourage and restore fluid movement.

At Canberra Acupuncture and Movement Therapy we treat the individual not the condition by utilising different assessment tools to understand the reason behind the disease or dysfunction. We specialise in the treatment of pain, which means finding the root cause of the dysfunction not chasing the pain or symptoms. Pain is an indicator that the body is not working optimally and regions of the body may be stressed or overworking. The body will compensate in many ways until movement is compromised and eventually pain manifests.

We specialise in:

  • Pain management & treatment - back, neck, knee, shoulder and ankle pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Postural, movement and muscle assessment

We also treat:

  • Skin disorders, Allergies
  • Stress relief, depression, anxiety, headaches
  • Digestive disorders & Weight management
  • Gynaecological disorders

what to expect during your session

Everyone that comes for any type of therapy will receive a complete body anaylsis of:

  • Complete medical history screening comprising history of any sprains, strains, medical interventions, medication, falls or accidents.

  • 3D static assessment comprising each joint and plane of motion.

  • Dynamic movement assessment comprising simple movement patterns.

  • Static postural photo analysis.

  • Functional video analysis of your movement.

  • Initial therapy session are approximately 2 hours, subsequent sessions are 1 hour duration

Please wear appropriate clothing for a complete body analysis - active wear is recommended.


about acupuncture


New to Acupuncture?

The underlying principle of Chinese Medicine is that illness and pain occur when the body's qi (pronounced “chi”), or vital energy, cannot flow freely.  The body's energy meridians can become obstructed, in much the same way as a blocked artery.  By inserting ultra-fine needles into specific points on the body, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of qi.  This restores balance and triggers the body's natural healing response.

According to Chinese Medicine, every part of the body is connected and interdependent.  If a person is suffering from pain or illness, whether physical, emotional or mental, this is a signal that the body is out of balance.  The aim of acupuncture treatment is to restore the body's equilibrium.   For this reason, you should tell your acupuncturist about your overall health and lifestyle as well as about any particular illness or injury.

An acupuncturist's main focus is on correcting the underlying cause of illness.  This will be different for every individual.  Because every patient is unique, two people with the same western medicine diagnosis may each receive different acupuncture treatments. Consequently, there are no 'off-the-peg' treatments or point prescriptions for particular symptoms.  For example, two patients may each suffer from headache, but for very different reasons.  It would not be appropriate to treat them in exactly the same way, because the underlying causes of their headaches might have nothing in common.

Acupuncture can treat:

  • Stress Back pain Muscle pain Joint pain Sciatica Fatigue Headaches Sports injury

  • Poor sleep

  • Anxiety Digestive issues Colds and Flu Allergies Arthritis Migraine Blood pressure

  • Depression Eczema Hay fever Infertility Irritable bowel Menopausal issues Menstrual issues

  • Morning sickness Oedema Repetitive strain Sinusitis Diabetes Smoking cessation

  • Low energy Weight management Asthma Eating disorders and more....





Frequently Asked Questions

The following are some frequently asked questions (and answers) about acupuncture:

Who can benefit from acupuncture?

Anyone can benefit from acupuncture.  In our daily lives, our bodies are always suffering wear and tear.  Acupuncture enhances the body’s natural restorative abilities and thereby works to enhance health.   

Of course, most people seek out acupuncture when they are suffering from illness or injury and this is when acupuncture can be most beneficial

Acupuncture can assist in the treatment of just about any illness, disease or injury.  That is not to say that acupuncture can cure cancer – far from it.  But acupuncture has two important properties that can help just about anyone

First, acupuncture helps the body to heal itself.  The human body has an incredible capacity to conduct its own repairs and maintenance.   Every day, your healthy cells are busy keeping your body clean, removing toxins and destroying harmful substances.  Bad habits, fatigue and the stress of modern life can slow these natural healing processes down, to the point that illness and disease take hold.  Acupuncture stimulates and energises the body’s natural healing processes to help restore balance

Second, acupuncture is proven to be highly effective in the management of pain and discomfort.  Anyone suffering from chronic pain will tell you that it is not pleasant to be taking painkillers for any length of time.  Most painkillers have nasty side effects.  Acupuncture can help relieve all kinds of pain and discomfort.  Acupuncture is chemical free, it will not place the body under any extra stress and it is virtually free of side effects.   By relieving pain, acupuncture can significantly enhance quality of life.


What specific illnesses or injuries can be treated with acupuncture?

Because acupuncture works by stimulating the body’s own healing response, acupuncture has potential to enhance the treatment of any illness or injury.

In an official report, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, the World Health Organisation lists the following symptoms, diseases and conditions that have been shown through controlled trials to be treated effectively by acupuncture:

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Hay fever
  • Headache
  • Arthritis
  • Period pain
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis elbow
  • Knee pain
  • Sprains
  • Dental pain
  • Correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation)
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Post-operative pain
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension
  • Adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy
  • Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Gastritis


Are there any risks?

Acupuncture is a very safe treatment. 

The needles used are single-use, sterile needles and the risk of contamination is virtually nil.  You will be able to observe your acupuncturist remove the new needles from their sterile packaging every time you are treated.

Because the skin is pierced, acupuncture causes a very tiny, invisible break to the skin.  Infection could enter, theoretically, but the risk is very small.  Just about any daily scrape or abrasion would have a higher risk of infection.

In some cases, the needle will cause a small and mild bruise.  You are unlikely to notice unless you inspect the precise points.

You should be aware that there is no risk whatsoever that acupuncture will interfere with any medication that you are taking for your illness or injury.


How many treatments will I need?

This depends on your condition.  For most conditions, you will need at least five treatments before you really appreciate the benefits of acupuncture. 

If you are new to acupuncture and you are unsure about committing to a course of treatment, we fully understand.  You are absolutely welcome to come for a single treatment to see how you feel about it.  We will certainly never pressure you into more treatments than you want.  But we do not promise that you will feel any magical results from a single treatment.

Some western practitioners of acupuncture will promise you instant gratification to justify their high prices.  This is not in the spirit of traditional Chinese medicine.  Acupuncture has a subtle but powerful effect which gathers pace over the course of the treatment.  A traditional Chinese acupuncturist would advise you to commit to ongoing treatment over several weeks – possibly months.  At AcuvivA, we recommend the same.   We respect and have faith in the process and hence we cannot offer instant cures. 

For this reason, we try very hard to keep our prices as low as possible.  We believe that acupuncture should be accessible and that a proper course of several treatments should be affordable for most people. 


Can I expect any immediate benefits? How long does it take to work?

In general, we do not promise instant gratification.  Ideally, acupuncture should be delivered as a course of treatment.  You may only appreciate the powerful effect of acupuncture after several treatments. 

The exception to this is in the direct treatment of pain.  If you are suffering from headache, nausea or any other acute form of discomfort, acupuncture can frequently offer some immediate relief – in some cases total relief.