At Haynes Acupuncture on the Gold Coast, we strive to provide quality treatments using the fundamentals of Chinese Medicine with a Japanese needling technique, in support of all areas of health.
We see a lot of mothers in our clinic right from the start of their fertility journey, through to post birth and we pride ourselves in the care we give during this often, quite tiresome time. We specialise in helping families from the beginning, in many cases, this starts from the IVF journey and continues through post-partum.
The safe and gentle insertion of very thin needles in the skin has been a key component of Chinese medicine for centuries. Traditional practitioners say that it works by re-balancing the flow of energy known as ‘Qi’ through the body. Deficiency, stagnation and heat are the 3 common causes in Chinese medicine that are believed to be linked to infertility and therefore Chinese herbs may be used to assist with these imbalances and restoring normal functions. They may display as hormonal imbalances, inflammation or infection, blockages, blood dysregulation, or aches and pains.
Acupuncture during your pregnancy can be used alongside IVF to encourage embryo implantation, egg quality, support and balancing of hormones, as well as increased blood flow to the reproductive organs. During pregnancy, acupuncture can assist with the symptoms of morning sickness, tension, aches and pains, sciatica and preparing the body and canal for birth with induction treatments.
Acupuncture following birth can be helpful with activating the body’s own self-healing mechanisms assisting with quality of sleep, falling asleep and daytime functioning. It can help with post-natal physical and mental depletion that new mothers experience, as well as post-natal depression, by managing the symptoms associated with stress and anxiety, re-balancing hormones and building blood and Qi, which is depleted post birth. The physical and emotional stress the body goes through giving birth, coupled with lack of sleep, nutrient depletion from breast feeding and time spent alone with a baby, can really put the body into a depleted state. This can lead to immune dysfunction, poor gut health, social isolation, anxiety and sympathetic nervous system dominance (fight, flight or freeze), all of which creates a further strain on the body and this vicious cycle can go on for many years.
What else can help?
Avoiding ‘dampness’ through diet by minimizing or eliminating milk, cheese, yoghurt, ice cream, greasy foods & alcohol. Damp foods in Chinese medicine are said to accumulate as blockages in the form of cysts or fibroids. This also includes damp clothes and homes where there is a lack of airflow.
Improve your emotional health – anger, frustration and stress are related to liver Qi stagnation, whilst the lungs relate to grief, sadness and holding on. Try some meditation, yoga or Tai Chi to get your fertility Qi flowing!
Don’t stress – it puts added pressure on your body. Meditation apps like ‘Insight Timer’, ‘Headspace’ or ‘Calm’ can help with those thoughts that go over and over in your head, by focusing on the present moment and your breath. When your body is in ‘fight or flight’, conception is way down the list of priorities, so remember to take time out, put your phone down, put aside your list of things to do and go for a walk, sit in the sun, listen to your favourite music!
Once a successful pregnancy is confirmed, it is important to maintain regular treatments with acupuncture, herbs and supplements, this can help to prevent miscarriage and to help with implantation of the embryo in IVF cases. Acupuncture, herbs and vitamins are an important part of general health and a trouble-free pregnancy. After the 10-12 weeks we maintain treatments monthly until 32 weeks, then fortnightly until 36 weeks, then weekly until 40 weeks. Post birth, an individual assessment will be done by your practitioner evaluating your health and a treatment plan will be recommended based on what your body requires at this time.
If you are wanting to find out how we can help you, an initial consultation will determine your own personal treatment plan and set you on a path back to health, please give us a call on 5531 6461 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also book online here
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These are the fundamentals to David’s work as an Acupuncturist. Throughout his time in the industry, David has worked patients to improve their quality of life. With a particular focus on fertility, pain, and stress, David’s clinic, Haynes Acupuncture, has patients travelling both near and far, to be treated by David and his team.
First assisting, then practicing since 2008, David committed to continued education early on. This means regularly travelling to conventions, exhibitions, and workshops with international leaders in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Including a three-month internship at a Chinese Hospital in 2009, where he gained certification in Advanced Practice (Guangxi Traditional Chinese Medical University, Nanning, China).
David’s commitment to continued education results in a comprehensive acupuncture treatments, that can be tailored 100% to the individuals needs. David’s passion for acupuncture and holistic living, is unwavering. Which is obvious to his patients at each and every treatment.
Rather than resting on the usual diagnosis, David comprehensively assesses his patients every time, to ensure that nothing is ever missed.
Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine)
Certificate in Kiiko Style Acupuncture – Basic & Advanced Strategies
Certificate in Advanced Acupuncture – Internship at Guangxi University of Chinese Medicine (China)
Diplomat at Institute of Classical East Asian Medicine (ICEAM) – Canonical Herbal Medicine
Toyohari Acupuncture – East Asian Needle Therapy
Certificate in Japanese Acupuncture – Gynecological Problems, Immune Strategies, Knee and Foot Problems, Sotai Alignment Therapy, Fertility Management
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David firmly believes in balancing career with a healthy and vibrant lifestyle. For David, this includes fishing, kite surfing, mountain biking, camping, lots of time with his wife Claire, son Kyan, Kelpie pup Esher, and overseas trips.
Ségolène's passion for this medicine began years ago when she was suffering from chronic pain for many years. After experiencing acupuncture her sleepless nights transformed into peaceful rest.
Being a Mum of three, she understands how difficult and sometimes complicated looking after your own health can be, so she is dedicated to helping others find energy and balance in their busy life. What Eastern Medicine offers is a philosophy that empowers you, it teaches you to listen to emotions, to pay attention to the changes in your body and cultivates your mind.
The body has this amazing ability to heal, always seeking for the perfect balance; acupuncture acts as a guide to help bring the body back to homeostasis.
Ségolène is passionate about assisting others find the keys to unlock their fullest potential through reconnection with their body and mind.
Mark moved to Australia from England in 2012, and in 2013 began his formal training in Chinese Medicine at Endeavour College of Natural Health. Mark achieved a Bachelor in Health Sciences (BHSc) with distinction. During the course of his degree, Mark learnt from a variety of teachers and has spent time in different acupuncture clinics to further advance his understanding of Chinese Medicine.
Mark has been assisting David at Coastal Natural Therapies since 2016, further developing his skills and knowledge.
Mark first became interested in acupuncture 25 years ago, after successfully being treated by an English acupuncturist. He subsequently developed a deep passion for Chinese Medicine, reading widely on the subject and having regular treatment with the intention to eventually train to be acupuncturist.
Mark has always held a desire to help people and worked first as a disability support worker, then as a social worker for many years.
Mark has a deep commitment to helping patients reach and maintain wellness with a gentle and empathic approach. Mark has a particular interest in treating chronic disease, autoimmune disorders, mental and emotional health, digestive issues and fertility.
Josephine is a registered acupuncturist practicing gentle Japanese Acupuncture.
With a strong background in remedial massage, she often uses manual techniques during treatment where relevant, whether it be to treat musculoskeletal conditions or simply enhance relaxation.
Josephine enjoys treating a variety of conditions including chronic conditions, stress-related conditions, women’s health and pain.
Being herself very active, Josephine has a keen interest in all sports related questions, from injury to enhancing performance as well as hormonal and nervous system implications.
She is also passionate about nutrition, and will often discuss dietary and lifestyle factors during a session.