Gold Coast Holistic Dental Care

More than just a dental clinic


Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine which involves the use of thin needles that are gently inserted into your body. The needles help to release the tension within your muscles to loosen your body and allow you to relax!

Dr Adriana Cayuela massaging patients face and dry needling during an acupuncture therapy session

Dr Adriana Cayuela offers acupuncture to all our Gold Coast patients. Her passion for acupuncture enables her to provide a gentle and caring approach which compliments your personalized treatment and health requirements.

How does acupuncture work?

With the assistance of thin needles, acupuncture helps to stimulate different systems within your body (1). These key areas include your:

  • Nervous system
  • Muscular system
  • Connective tissue

Dr Adriana placing needles during acpuncuture session at Gold Coast Holistic Dental Care

The needles are left in your body for around 20 – 30 minutes to provide adequate time to get the most out of your treatment.

By stimulating these areas, acupuncture may help to enhance:

  • Blood circulation
  • Wound healing
  • Immune system
  • Digestion system

Treatment process

Initial consultation 

During your first visit, you and your therapist will discuss your needs and area of focus for your treatment. This way, you can be provided with a customized plan to treat your condition.

If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to use this time to get a better understanding of our service.


You may be required to remove some clothing such as your shirt, however you will be provided with a gown or towel to cover your body. To do this, your therapist will leave the room and wait until you are changed. Once you are ready, you will be asked to lay on our padded massage table so that you can relax and begin your treatment.

Inserting needles

Once you are comfortable, our therapist will insert our very thin acupuncture needles which may cause little to no discomfort. These needles are strategically inserted around your body or the area of concern. Some patients do not even notice them go in; however, you may experience a slight discomfort when a needle reaches the correct depth required to release tension in your muscles.

The needles may be left in your body for around 10 to 30 minutes.

Needle manipulation

From time to time, you may feel your therapist gently move or twirl some of the needles around certain tension points. This is a technique to enhance your treatment and further loosen up tight, stubborn muscles.

Dr Adriana Needle Manipulation

Electro stimulation 

Some conditions may benefit from electro acupuncture. Your therapist will insert needles at the area to be treated and will attach electrodes to the needles stimulating with an electric current.

Electromagnetic stimulation with acupuncture needles

Removing the needles

Finally, the needles will be gently removed from your body. Usually, you may not even notice they are being removed.

If you feel any pain or discomfort during this stage, please let your therapist know immediately.

Auxiliary treatment

Your therapist might use cups, guasha, massage, and Chinese herbs depending on your needs, providing a holistic and complete treatment.

acupuncture and cupping technique being used together

What conditions can be treated?

Acupuncture may assist in the treatment of a variety of discomforts, diseases, or conditions (2). Some of these issues include:

  • Lower back and neck pain
  • Menstrual cramps; PMS
  • General pain within your body
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Migraines
  • TMJ pain and dysfunction (seen below)
  • Insomnia
  • Alleviate allergies
  • And much more

Acupuncture needles relieving TMJ jaw muscles

If you are not certain that you are a suitable candidate for acupuncture, you should consult with a medical professional to see if this would benefit you. Furthermore, you can also take this opportunity to discuss any risks which may impact you or an underlying health condition.

Benefits of acupuncture

Research suggests that acupuncture may help with pregnancy and childbirth (3) through:

  • Treating pain
  • Relieving nausea
  • Reducing blood pressure

The study also expressed acupuncture may help to provide you with a more holistic mindset when going into labor. Therefore, you could feel more relaxed, confident and have a clearer mind during childbirth!

Acupuncture price, payment plans and health funds

At Gold Coast Holistic Dental care, Dr Adriana Cayuela offers two types of pricing for your acupuncture service.

Initial Consultation

$95 (75 Minutes)

Standard Appointment

$80 (60 Minutes)

Payment plans

For your convenience, we also offer payment plan options Afterpay, Zip Money and Zip Pay. This way, you can repay your acupuncture appointments interest free over a certain period.

Health funds

We accept most health funds at our practice. If you are with a health fund, you can claim part of your treatment if you have available health fund benefits.

You can ask our friendly reception staff for more information at you next visit.

Acupuncture Gold Coast

If you would like to book an appointment with Dr Adriana Cayuela, contact our friendly staff today. Alternatively, you can book an appointment online 24/7.


  1. Filshie, J., White, A., & Cummings, M. (Eds.). (2016). Medical Acupuncture E-Book: A Western Scientific Approach. Churchill Livingstone. Retrieved From:
  2. MacPherson, H., Newbronner, L., Chamberlain, R., Richmond, S. J., Lansdown, H., Perren, S., ... & Spilsbury, K. (2014). Practitioner perspectives on strategies to promote longer-term benefits of acupuncture or counselling for depression: a qualitative study. PLoS One, 9(9), e104077. Retrieved From:
  3. Soliday, E., & Hapke, P. (2013). Patient-reported benefits of acupuncture in pregnancy. Complementary therapies in clinical practice, 19(3), 109-113. Retrieved From: