Through a range of practices, including chiropractic, physiotherapy, acupuncture and massage, Queenstown Health has one goal for their clients: “don’t live in pain.”

With a team of experienced professionals, Queenstown Health have continuously won commendations for their passion for a healthy community. Treating everyone from celebrity All Black team players to Queenstown locals, nothing fazes the team in helping those with aches, pains and more.

One practice, acupuncture, can help with a range of ailments. We catch up with acupuncture specialist Yuki to find out how acupuncture can help the human body heal itself.

How did you become an acupuncture specialist? 

When I lived in Japan I learnt how to do massage therapy, but I found acupuncture more interesting. I’ve been an acupuncturist for nine years now.

What’s great about Queenstown Health?

I’ve been here two years and it’s been amazing to work with a team of physiotherapists and chiropractors. We all help each other and it’s like a family. I love Queenstown too because it’s so beautiful and there are so many nationalities here, I enjoy talking to everyone!

What is acupuncture? 

Acupuncture uses very thin needles to relax the body. Many people are scared of needles - so was I my first time! But it really helps to relax you.

How does it work? 

When you put needles in certain pressure points like under the knee and elbow, you stimulate the brain and spine to create a chemical which helps the body relax.

What can it be used for? 

It depends on the patient, but it’s good for lower back pain, knee pain, frozen shoulder, poor digestion, stomach disease, headaches and tiredness.

Do you notice a big change in patients? 

Of course! Especially if their pain has been bad, it makes a big difference. Sometime’s it’s so bad they can’t walk or lie down, but after the needles the pain has gone, they stand up and you really see the difference.